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December 15 in History

Update: December, 15/2006 - 00:00

December 15 in History

1806

Napoleon Bonaparte enters Warsaw, Poland.

1832

Birth of Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel (died 1923), French engineer famous for his tower built for the Paris Exhibition of 1889.

1859

Birth of Ludwig Zamenhof, Polish linguist and creator of the language Esperanto.

1902

Birth of Vietnamese literary critic, education minister, and director of the Literature Institute Dang Thai Mai (died 1984).

1906

Birth of Vietnamese painter To Ngoc Van (died 1954); one of the pioneers of Vietnamese oil-painting, best known for his Thieu nu ben hoa hue (A girl by lilies), Thieu nu va hoa sen (A woman with lotus flowers) and Bac Ho o Phu Chu tich (Uncle Ho in the Presidential Palace).

1939

The motion picture ‘Gone With the Wind’ premieres in Atlanta, in the United States.

1964

Canada’s parliament adopts a new national flag with a red maple leaf on a white background.

1966

Death of Walt Disney, American film producer and animator; he was universally known as the creator of Mickey Mouse and his studio produced many world famous cartoons, notably Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Bambi.

1970

Soviet spacecraft starts sending messages from planet Venus.

1988

The UN General Assembly calls overwhelmingly for the convening of an international Middle East peace conference.

1992

El Salvador’s Government and leftist guerrilla leaders formally declare the end of the country’s 12-year civil war.

1995

Southeast Asian nations sign a treaty banning the possession, manufacture and acquisition of nuclear weapons and also create a nuclear arms-free zone from Myanmar and Viet Nam in the north to Indonesia in the south.

1995

European Union leaders formally christen their new single currency – the euro.

1998

The Sixth ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit is held in Ha Noi.

2000

The World Health Organisation officially declares Viet Nam free of polio.

2000

Operators in Kiev, Ukraine shut down the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which once spawned the world’s worst nuclear accident.

2005

The UN reluctantly withdraws peacekeeping staff from Eritrea, saying it faced an unprecedented crisis in its monitoring of the cold peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia. — REUTERS/AP/VNS

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