Today in History: 15 December

Some of the historical events that took place on December 15th, which made headlines in the past years:

2014  The last protest camp has been removed in Hong Kong; activists staged several camps to demand the right to free elections rather than control of candidates and elections by the Chinese government

2014  In the recent Japan elections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gains victory, and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party wins the majority of lower house elections

2013  Chilean voters elect President Michelle Bachelet in the country's presidential election; Bachelet served as the first female Chilean president in 2006

Photo: First female Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet (

2013  Joan Fontaine, a British and American actress and sister of Olivia de Havilland, dies at the age of 96; Fontaine is famous for roles in Alfred Hitchcock thrillers Suspicion and Rebecca

2012  Egyptian voters go to the polls to vote on a highly protested referendum on a new constitution

2012  Hilary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, fainted from dehydration and sustained a concussion after falling in her home

Photo: Hilary Clinton (

2011  According to the U.S. Census, 1 in 2 people are considered low-income or poor

2011  Jacques Chirac, former President of France, is declared guilty of embezzlement and violating trust for filling non-existent jobs with party members while serving as Mayor of Paris

2010  Ghana begins pumping oil after its discovery of an offshore oil field three years ago

2010  A Japanese salmon subspecies, the black kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka kawamurae) is discovered after being declared extinct in 1940

Photo: Japanese salmon subspecies, the black kokanee (

1998  Gerhard (Spiekeries) Viviers (72), former popular radio and TV sport commentator and actor, dies of cancer.

Photo: Gerhard (Spiekeries) Viviers, former popular radio and TV sport commentator and actor (

1996  The SA rugby team beats Wales 37-20 in Cardiff. 

Photo: 1996 SA rugby team (


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Compiled by Lerato Sebe