On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia.
In 1979, the deposed Shah of Iran left the United States for Panama, the same day the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Iran should release all its American hostages.
In 1944, during World War II, American forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines.
In 2006, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld bid farewell to the Pentagon in a splashy sendoff featuring lavish praise from President Bush.
In 1961, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court.
In 2006, Gov. Jeb Bush suspended Florida executions two days after the prolonged death of a condemned inmate because the needles had been wrongly inserted.
In 2006, in San Francisco, a federal judge declared California’s lethal-injection procedure unconstitutional.
In 1997, over Republican objections, President Clinton appointed Bill Lann Lee acting assistant attorney general for civil rights.
In 1965, two U.S. manned spacecraft, Gemini 6A and Gemini 7, maneuvered to within 10 feet of each other while in orbit.
In 1938, groundbreaking ceremonies for the Jefferson Memorial took place in Washington, D.C.
In 1939, the motion picture “Gone With the Wind” had its world premiere in Atlanta.
In 1890, Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a confrontation with Indian police.
In 1944, a single-engine plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller, who was a major in the U.S. Army Air Forces, disappeared over the English Channel while en route to Paris.
In 1966, movie producer Walt Disney died in Los Angeles at age 65.
Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Ernest Ashworth is 79. Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 74. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 68. Rock musician Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five) is 65. Rock musician Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) is 61. Actor Don Johnson is 58. Movie director Julie Taymor is 55. Movie director Alex Cox is 53. Actor Justin Ross is 53. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 52. Country singer Doug Phelps (Brother Phelps; Kentucky Headhunters) is 47. Movie director Reginald Hudlin is 46. Actress Helen Slater is 44. Actress Molly Price is 42. “Crowd-hyper” Kito Trawick (Ghostown DJs) is 30. Actor Adam Brody is 28. Actor George O. Gore II is 26.
Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2007. There are 16 days left in the year.