December 15 in Pop Culture History
|December 15th is…
Bill of Rights Day
Cat Herders Day
Lemon Cupcake Day
National Wear Your Pearls Day
1827 – In the city of Boston, Massachusetts, the School Committee voted to require, effective March 1, 1828, that public school students show that they had been vaccinated against smallpox before school entrance. Certificates to the board of health were to be issued where necessary for a free vaccination. This initiative came just three decades after Edward Jenner discovered a method to immunize against smallpox. The state of Massachusetts passed the first school vaccination law in 1855, followed by New York (1862) and Connecticut (1872).
1836 – A fire destroyed the US Patent Office, erasing the records of most of the first 9,957 US patents’ records.
1890 – Native American Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake) was shot and killed by Indian police over a political misunderstanding.
1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, which prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
1939 – Gone with the Wind premiered at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The release was so big that the mayor of Atlanta declared a 3-day festival that concluded with a state holiday on December 13th.
1944 – Bandleader Glenn Miller’s plane disappeared over the English Channel. One of the largest music stars of his day, he was the first of many who died in an airplane mishap.
1951 – #1 Hit December 15, 1951 – December 28, 1951: Eddy Howard – Sin
1968 – Philadelphia Eagles fans pelted Santa Claus with snowballs. The “real” Santa Claus, who was supposed to appear, was stuck in a snowstorm in nearby New Jersey. Frankie Olivo was a fan who dresses as Santa for the game and was asked to play the role of Santa on the field. The skinny 19-year-old, in his homemade costume, was not well received by the 54,000 Eagles fans at Franklin Field.
1973 – The American Psychiatric Association voted 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders.
1973 – #1 Hit December 15, 1973 – December 28, 1973: Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl
1989 – Driving Miss Daisy debuted in theaters.
1993 – Schindler’s List, starring Liam Neeson, opened in theaters.
1995 – Sense and Sensibility, Heat, and Jumanji was released in theaters.
2000 – The Emperor’s New Groove, What Women Want, Dude Where’s My Car, and Chocolat debuted in theaters.
2000 – The Chernobyl nuclear plant was officially shut down in Ukraine after the April 26, 1986 disaster.
2004 – Million Dollar Baby debuted in theaters.
2006 – The Pursuit of Happyness, Dreamgirls, Eragon and Charlotte’s Web debuted in theaters.
2007 – The Weather Channel released a compilation of the music used during their Local on the 8s segment. It peaked #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart for Contemporary Jazz.
2011 – Impractical Jokers premiered on TruTV