Thursday 15 December 1994
Deaths: Haakon IV, King of Norway, 1263; Jan Vermeer (Jan van der Meer van Delft), painter, 1675; Isaak Walton, author of The Compleat Angler, 1683; Giuseppe Bossi, painter, 1816; Georg Friedrich Grotefend, classical scholar, 1853; Leon Faucher, economist and statesman, 1854; Sir George Cayley, aeronautics pioneer, 1857; Chief Sitting Bull, Sioux Indian leader, killed 1890; Whitelaw Reid, US ambassador to Great Britain, 1912; Thomas Wright ``Fats'' Waller, jazz pianist, 1943; Arthur Llewellyn Jones Mach en, author, 1947; Wolfgang Pauli, physicist, 1958; Charles Laughton, actor, 1962; Walter Elias Disney, cartoonist and creator of ``Mickey Mouse'', 1966.
On this day: the first meteorological recordings were begun in Tuscany, Italy 1654; the states of the American union ratified the Bill of Rights, 1791; the French recaptured Rome and overran the Kingdom of Naples, 1798; Napoleon and his army entered Warsaw, 1806; the remains of Emperor Napoleon were interred at Les Invalides, Paris 1840; General Redvers Buller's troops were defeated by the Boers at the Battle of Colenso, 1899; the Piccadilly line was opened in the London underground, 1906; t he seven-masted schooner Thomas W. Lawson was lost in the English Channel, 1907; the Battle of Verdun ended with 700,000 dead (338,000 German, 364,000 Allied soldiers), 1916; Fiume declared her independence, 1919; the first television play in Britain, Bo x and Cox,was transmitted to a limited audience, 1928; the Commonwealth of the Philippines was inaugurated, 1935; the premiere of the film Gone With the Wind took place at Atlanta, Georgia 1939; the US Congress approved the appointment of 5-star general s and admirals, 1944; the General Assembly of the United Nations voted to admit the Chinese People's Republic, 1961; Adolf Eichmann was found guilty of crimes against the Jewish people, Israel 1961; the first production of the musical show Charlie Girl took placein London, 1965; John Paul Getty III was released by kidnappers who had held him for five months and cut off his ear, 1973.
Today is the Feast Day of St Mary di Rosa, St Nino, St Paul of Latros and St Valerian.
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