December 15

1791

The Bill of Rights took effect with Virginia's ratification of it.

1890

Sioux Indian chief Sitting Bull was killed by Native American police.

1916

The French defeated the Germans in the Battle of Verdun.

1939

The movie Gone With the Wind premiered in Atlanta, Georgia.

1944

Band leader Glenn Miller disappeared in a plane crash over the English Channel.

1961

Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.

1964

Canada adopted its national flag, a red maple leaf on a white background.

1966

Animated-cartoon pioneer and movie producer Walt Disney died in Los Angeles.

1989

A demonstration that turned into a popular uprising in Romania began the downfall of Nicolae Ceausescu.

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