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December 15th History

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December 15th In Pop Culture History

1791 - The Bill of Rights was added to to the United States' Constitution.
1. Freedom of religion, speech and assembly
2. Right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of a well-regulated militia
3. No forcible quartering of soldiers during peacetime
4. Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure
5. Right to a grand jury for capital crimes and due process. Protection from double jeopardy, self-incrimination and public confiscation of private property without just compensation.
6. Right to speedy and public trial by jury and a competent defense
7. Right to trial by jury for monetary cases above $20
8. Protection against excessive bail or fines and cruel and unusual punishments
9. Rights not enumerated are retained by the people
10. Rights not given to the federal government or prohibited the state governments by the Constitution, are reserved to the States (the people).
Some US politicians still debate whether the "rights" are granted to the citizens by the government, or if they are a Creator-driven protection from the government "for" the people.

1827 - The city of Boston, Massachusetts, the School Committee voted to require, effective 1 Mar 1828, that public school students show that they had been vaccinated against smallpox prior to school entrance. Certificates to the board of health were to be issued where necessary for free vaccination. This initiative came just three decades after Edward Jenner's discovery of a method to immunize against smallpox. The state of Massachusetts passed the first school vaccination law in 1855, followed by New York (1862) and Connecticut (1872).

1836 - A fire destroyed the US Patent Office, erasing the records of most of the first 9,957 US patents' records.

1890 - Native American Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake) was shot and killed by Indian police over a political misunderstanding.

1933 - The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, which prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.

1939 - Gone with the Wind premiered at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

1944 - Bandleader Glenn Miller's plane disappeared over the English Channel. One of the largest pop stars of his day, he was the first of many who died in an airplane mishap.

1951 - #1 Hit December 15, 1951 - December 28, 1951: Eddy Howard - Sin

1973 - The American Psychiatric Association voted 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders.

1973 - #1 Hit December 15, 1973 - December 28, 1973: Charlie Rich - The Most Beautiful Girl

1989 - Driving Miss Daisy debuted in theaters.

1993 - Schindlerís List, starring Liam Neeson, opened in theaters.

1995 - Sense and Sensibility, Heat and Jumanji was released in theaters.

1999 - Vargas Tragedy, Venezuela

2000 - The Emperor's New Groove, What Women Want, Dude Where's My Car and Chocolat debuted in theaters.

2000 - Chernobyl nuclear plant was officially, permanently shut down in Ukraine, after the April 26, 1986 disaster.

2004 - Million Dollar Baby debuted in theaters.

2006 - The Pursuit of Happyness, Dreamgirls, Eragon and Charlotte's Web debuted in theaters.

2011 - Impractical Jokers premiered on TruTV

December 15th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Tim Conway (1933)
Adam Brody (1979)
Helen Slater (1963)
Jesse Belvin 1932-1960, Age 27)
Dave Clark (1942)
Stuart Townsend (1972)

There are two kinds of friends :

1. Those who are around when you need them.
2. Those who are around when they need you.


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