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Today in History: Friday, December  15, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect following ratification by Virginia.
On this date in:
1890Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a clash with Indian police.
1916The French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
1938Ground was broken for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1939The movie "Gone With the Wind" had its world premiere in Atlanta.
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1944Bandleader Glenn Miller's U.S. Army plane disappeared over the English Channel.
1961Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court.
1966Movie producer Walt Disney died at age 65.
1989A popular uprising that led to the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu began in Romania.
2003The late Sen. Strom Thurmond's family acknowledged Essie Mae Washington-Williams' claim that she was Thurmond's illegitimate mixed-race daughter.
2004American telecommunications giants Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. announced they would merge in a $35 billion deal.
2005Millions of Iraqis turned out to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election.
2009The Washington, D.C. City Council voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
2010The U.N. Security Council gave a unanimous vote of confidence to the government of Iraq by lifting 19-year-old sanctions on weapons and civilian nuclear power.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Don Johnson ("Miami Vice") turns 68 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
Tim ConwayComedian ("The Carol Burnett Show")84
Cindy BirdsongSinger (The Supremes)78
Nick BuonicontiFootball Hall of Famer77
Dave ClarkRock musician, producer (The Dave Clark Five)75
Julie TaymorDirector65
Mark WarnerU.S. senator, D-Va.63
Helen SlaterActress54
Michelle DockeryActress ("Downton Abbey")36
Actor Adam Brody ("The O.C.") turns 38 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer

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