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Friday 15 December 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Bill of Rights Day (United States) - 2nd Amendment Day (South Carolina)

Events

  • 2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to stabilize it, without fixing its famous lean.
  • 1981 – A suicide car bombing targeting the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, levels the embassy and kills 61 people, including Iraq's ambassador to Lebanon. The attack is considered the first modern suicide bombing.
  • 1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan
  • 1973 – John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy, after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10.
  • 1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.
  • 1970 – Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet
  • 1965 – Project Gemini: Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Four orbits later, it achieves the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7.
  • 1939 – Gone with the Wind (highest inflation adjusted grossing film) receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • 1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Nashville: Union forces under George Thomas almost completely destroy the Army of Tennessee under John Hood.
  • 1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
  • 1778 – American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clash in the Battle of St. Lucia.

Births

  • 1997 – Zach Banks, American race car driver
  • 1983 – Ronnie Radke, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1981 – Andy González, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • 1981 – Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
  • 1979 – Adam Brody, American actor
  • 1979 – Eric Young, Canadian-American wrestler
  • 1978 – Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • 1978 – Ned Brower, American drummer
  • 1977 – Geoff Stults, American actor and producer
  • 1976 – Aaron Miles, American baseball player and coach
  • 1976 – Todd Tichenor, American baseball player and umpire
  • 1972 – Rodney Harrison, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1971 – Clint Lowery, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1970 – Lawrence Funderburke, American basketball player
  • 1969 – Adam Setliff, American discus thrower and lawyer
  • 1967 – Mo Vaughn, American baseball player
  • 1963 – David Wingate, American basketball player
  • 1963 – Helen Slater, American actress
  • 1963 – Norman J. Grossfeld, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1962 – Tim Gaines, American bass player
  • 1958 – Richard Kastle, American classical pianist
  • 1957 – Laura Molina, American singer, guitarist, actress, and painter
  • 1957 – Mike McAlary, American journalist and author (d. 1998)
  • 1957 – Tim Reynolds, German-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – Mark Warner, American businessman and politician, 69th Governor of Virginia
  • 1953 – J. M. DeMatteis, American author
  • 1953 – John R. Allen, American general and diplomat
  • 1953 – Robert Charles Wilson, American-Canadian author
  • 1952 – Julie Taymor, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1952 – Rudi Protrudi, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1950 – Melanie Chartoff, American actress and comedian
  • 1950 – Sylvester James Gates, American theoretical physicist and professor
  • 1949 – Don Johnson, American actor
  • 1946 – Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
  • 1946 – Carmine Appice, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1944 – Jim Leyland, American baseball player and manager
  • 1942 – Kathleen Blanco, American educator and politician, 54th Governor of Louisiana
  • 1940 – Nick Buoniconti, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1939 – Cindy Birdsong, American singer-songwriter
  • 1938 – Billy Shaw, American football player
  • 1938 – Bob Foster, American boxer and police officer (d. 2015)
  • 1933 – Tim Conway, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1932 – Jesse Belvin, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1960)
  • 1928 – Ernest Ashworth, American singer-songwriter (d. 2009)
  • 1925 – Kasey Rogers, American actress and author (d. 2006)
  • 1924 – Frank W. J. Olver, English-American mathematician and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Freeman Dyson, English-American physicist and mathematician
  • 1923 – Pierre Cossette, American producer and manager (d. 2009)
  • 1923 – Uziel Gal, German-Israeli engineer, designed the Uzi gun (d. 2002)
  • 1921 – Alan Freed, American radio host (d. 1965)
  • 1920 – Kurt Schaffenberger, German-American sergeant and illustrator (d. 2002)
  • 1919 – Max Yasgur, American dairy farmer and host of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (d. 1973)
  • 1918 – Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)
  • 1916 – Buddy Cole, American pianist and conductor (d. 1964)
  • 1913 – Muriel Rukeyser, American poet, academic, and activist (d. 1980)
  • 1911 – Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and illustrator (d. 1991)
  • 1911 – Stan Kenton, American pianist and composer (d. 1979)
  • 1910 – John Hammond, American record producer and critic (d. 1987)
  • 1907 – Gordon Douglas, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1993)
  • 1907 – Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters and the Cathedral of Brasília (d. 2012)
  • 1902 – Robert F. Bradford, American lawyer and politician, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1896 – Betty Smith, American author and playwright (d. 1972)
  • 1892 – J. Paul Getty, American-English businessman and art collector, founded Getty Oil (d. 1976)
  • 1890 – Harry Babcock, American pole vaulter (d. 1965)
  • 1888 – Maxwell Anderson, American journalist and playwright (d. 1959)
  • 1863 – Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist and engineer (d. 1935)
  • 1861 – Charles Duryea, American engineer and businessman, co-founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company (d. 1938)
  • 1860 – Abner Powell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1953)
  • 1832 – Gustave Eiffel, French architect and engineer, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)

Deaths

  • 2013 – Dyron Nix, American basketball player (b. 1967)
  • 2013 – Harold Camping, American evangelist, author, radio host (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Joan Fontaine, British-American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2011 – Bob Brookmeyer, American trombone player and composer (b. 1929)
  • 2011 – Christopher Hitchens, English-American essayist, literary critic, and journalist (b. 1949)
  • 2010 – Blake Edwards, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2010 – Bob Feller, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 2010 – Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American psychoanalyst and theorist (b. 1940)
  • 2009 – Oral Roberts, American evangelist, founded the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Julia Carson, American lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
  • 2006 – Mary Stolz, American journalist and author (b. 1920)
  • 2005 – Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • 2005 – William Proxmire, American soldier, journalist, and politician (b. 1915)
  • 2003 – George Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 1993 – William Dale Phillips, American chemist and engineer (b. 1925)
  • 1984 – Jan Peerce, American tenor and actor (b. 1904)
  • 1978 – Chill Wills, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1974 – Anatole Litvak, Russian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1902)
  • 1968 – Jess Willard, American boxer and actor (b. 1881)
  • 1966 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1901)
  • 1962 – Charles Laughton, English-American actor, director, and producer (b. 1899)
  • 1944 – Glenn Miller, American bandleader and composer (b. 1904)
  • 1943 – Fats Waller, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1904)
  • 1890 – Sitting Bull, American tribal chief (b. 1831)
  • 1878 – Alfred Bird, English chemist and businessman, invented baking powder (b. 1811)
  • 1753 – Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, English architect and politician, designed Chiswick House (b. 1694)
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