December 15th

The U.N. Security Council gave a unanimous vote of confidence to the government of Iraq by lifting 19-year-old sanctions on weapons and civilian nuclear power.
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Maiden flight of Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Considered to be one of Boeing's most fuel-efficient airplanes, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has suffered from problems associated with its lithium-ion batteries.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Millions of Iraqis turned out to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election.
History of Iraq (2003–11)
American telecommunications giants Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. announced they would merge in a $35 billion deal.
Sprint Corporation
The late Sen. Strom Thurmond's family acknowledged Essie Mae Washington-Williams' claim that she was Thurmond's illegitimate mixed-race daughter.
Essie Mae Washington-Williams
A demonstration that turned into a popular uprising in Romania began the downfall of Nicolae Ceausescu.
Romanian Revolution of 1989
US recognizes China. 30 years after the creation of the People's Republic of China, President Jimmy Carter announced that the United States would formally recognize the communist country starting January 1, 1979. The announcement also called for the severing of relations with Taiwan, a position that was quickly reversed under protests.
China–United States relations
American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness.
Homosexuality and psychology
Animated-cartoon pioneer and movie producer Walt Disney died in Los Angeles.
Walt Disney
Canada adopted its national flag, a red maple leaf on a white background.
Flag of Canada
Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.
Adolf Eichmann
Band leader Glenn Miller disappeared in a plane crash over the English Channel.
Glenn Miller
Premier of the Gone with the Wind. The award winning film was adapted from the Pulitzer winner Margaret Mitchell's book by the same name.
Gone with the Wind (film)
Ground was broken for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Memorial
Twenty-first Amendment to U.S. Constitution comes into effect. Ratified on December 5 of the same year, the amendment repealed the prohibition on alcohol in the United States which had come into force on January 17, 1920, when the 18th amendment took effect.
Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution
The French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
Battle of Verdun
Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a clash with Indian police.
Great Sioux War of 1876
Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death.
Retour des cendres
U.S. Bill of Rights becomes law. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States are known as the Bill of Rights. They became law after Virginia ratified the amendments.
United States Bill of Rights
German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope.
Simon Marius
Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round the Cape of Good Hope.
Bartolomeu Dias
Hulagu Khan captures and destroys Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut, in present-day Iran, part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
December 15
Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, under King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron.
Battle of Tricamarum