International Tea Day

On This Day - December 15th

It can’t already be December 15th, surely! How the month is flying by! So, let’s make time slow down a little and focus on the day today, rather than upcoming events! Here are some of the most interesting things to know about December 15th.

On this day

General Belisarius

The Vandals were defeated

In 533, Byzantine General Belisarius defeated the insurgent force known as the Vandals. He did so under the orders of King Gelimer at the Battle of Ticameron.

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Bartolomeu Dias returned home

In 1488, Bartolomeu Dias returned to Portugal. In so doing, he became the first European we know of to sail around the Cape of Good Hope – and went down in the history books as one of the most famous explorers of all time! Columbus who?

A Pirate's Spyglass Telescope

The Andromeda Galaxy was observed for the first time

In 1612, German Astronomer Simon Marius became the first person ever recorded to have observed Andromeda galaxy through a telescope – though, bizarrely, people had been spotting planets and shooting stars with their naked eyes for centuries before!

Napoleon's Tomb

Napoleon was given a funeral

In 1840, Napoleon Bonaparte was given a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death. He had originally been exiled and died away from his home, ending his reign – a fascinating life and military career that ultimately ended with him living away from the country he loved and led.

Love is Love Rainbow

Homosexuality was no longer seen as an illness

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) declared homosexuality is not a mental illness. However, in many countries around the world, it is still seen as an illegal offense. While it's popular to say we live in enlightened times, there's still a lot of work left to do.

Special Days Falling on December 15th

December 15th generally means one thing – there are only ten days til Christmas. But, don't worry, you have plenty of time left! Try to think of something else to take your mind off it. For example, consider all of the other events taking place today.
National Archives Building

Bill of Rights Day

The Bill of Rights Day takes place every December 15th in the US – and the reason might be pretty obvious if you're an American citizen! The day celebrates America's Constitution and the ratification of the first ten amendments made – because, believe it or not, it wasn't a perfect document from the get-go! Nowadays, The Bill of Rights is displayed in The Rotunda of the National Archives Building over in Washington, DC, as a reminder to all Americans of their constitutional freedoms.

International Tea Day

International Tea Day

Every December 15th is also International Tea Day. Today, we celebrate one of the most popular drinks in the world! Whatever flavor tea you like, today is the day to indulge and enjoy. Tea offers a delicious way to keep hydrated, wind down, or get energized for the day, so make sure you have your favorite blend on standby.

National Wear Your Pearls Day

National Wear Your Pearls Day

National Wear Your Pearls Day doesn’t just refer to physical pearls! Started by author DeAnna Bookert, this occasion recognizes the challenges and strife we all go through each and every day – and to remember that we are all valuable and beautiful, like pearls. If you’d like to wear pearls today to celebrate, go right ahead!

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This month in history

Back in December 1927, Josef Stalin officially seized power over then-Soviet Russia, or the USSR. He effectively expelled Leon Trotsky, a comrade of the late Vladimir Lenin, who was Stalin’s closest leadership rival in the Communist Party.

Famous Birthdays on December 15th

Nero, Emperor of Rome, born 37 AD

Edward Coles, American anti-slavery advocate and politician, born 1786

Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect, born 1832

J. Paul Getty, American oil industrialist, born 1892

Michelle Dockery, English actor, born 1981

interesting facts about Sagittarius

If you were born on December 15th

…you’re a Sagittarius! You’re smart, driven, and kind. However, you can be a bit too blunt when you lose your cool, so try to keep calm! A great way of keeping calm is by learning more from our Sagittarius facts page!

There, we’ve included all kinds of fascinating tidbits about what makes you tick. You never know, you might learn something surprising – in a good way, we hope!

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