December 15 in history: Walt Disney passed away in 1966

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Bangaluru, Dec 15: Today is Monday, December 15, 2014. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:

Walt Disney

1791: The Bill of Rights took effect with Virginia's ratification of it.

1864: The Battle of Nashville in American Civil War took place.

1903: The British parliament places a 15-year ban on whale hunting in Norway.

1916: The French defeated the Germans in the Battle of Verdun.

1939: The movie Gone With the Wind was premiered in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US.

1920: China gets a place on the League Council.

1924: The Soviet Union warns the US against repeated entry of its ships into Soviet territorial waters.

1950: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel passed away.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

1961: Adolf Eichmann, the former German Gestapo official accused of a major role in the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews, is sentenced to be hanged by an Israeli court.

1965: The US drops 12 tons of bombs on an industrial centre in North Vietnam.

1964: Canada adopted its national flag featuring maple leaf.

1965: Massive storm hits Bangladesh, several killed.

1966: Cartoonist and filmmaker Walt Disney passed away in Los Angeles, USA.

1972: The Commonwealth of Australia orders equal pay for women.

1976: Oil tanker MV Argo Merchant causes one of the worst marine oil spills in history.

Former footballer Baichung Bhutia was born.

1978: US President Jimmy Carter said the United States wouldrecognize the People's Republic of China and will sever all relations with Taiwan.

1981: A suicide car bomb kills 61 people at the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, in what is termed the first modern suicide bombing.

1989: Popular uprising began in Romania which eventually led to the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu.

1993: The Downing Street Declaration, issued jointly by UK and the Republic of Ireland said the UK would transfer Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland only if a majority of Northern Ireland's people supported the move.

2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after 11-year.

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