Today in History

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TODAY is December 15, the 350th day of 2008. There are 16 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1640 - The Duke of Braganca is crowned John IV, the first king of Portugal after 60 years of Spanish rule.

* 1806 - Napoleon Bonaparte enters Warsaw, Poland.

* 1939 - The motion picture Gone With the Wind premieres in Atlanta, in the United States.

* 1944 - The plane carrying American band leader Glenn Miller, a US Army Major, disappears over the English Channel, probably the victim of bombs jettisoned from British bombers returning from an unsuccessful raid.

* 1961 - Former Nazi Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death in Jerusalem.

* 1965 - Two US manned spacecraft, Gemini 6 and Gemini 7, manoeuvre to within 3 metres of each other while in orbit and relay data about Venus as it flies past the planet.

* 1986 - Rival ethnic groups battle in Karachi and set hundreds of homes and shops ablaze in the city's worst rioting since Pakistan's independence 39 years earlier. …

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