This day in history

Saturday, Dec. 15, is the 350th day of 2012. There are 16 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 79. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 73. Rock musician Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five) is 70. Actor Don Johnson is 63. Actress Melanie Chartoff is 62. Movie director Julie Taymor is 60. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 57. DNC vice chairwoman Donna Brazile is 53. Actor Adam Brody is 33.

In 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia.


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.

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In 1938, groundbreaking for the Jefferson Memorial took place in Washington.

In 1961, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court for crimes against humanity.

In 2011, the flag used by US forces in Iraq was lowered in a low-key Baghdad airport ceremony marking the end of a war that had left 4,500 Americans and 110,000 Iraqis dead and cost more than $800 billion. British-born author Christopher Hitchens, 62, died in Houston.