This Day In History
Saturday, December 15, 2018
On This Day

Events

in 1787

Seal of Pennsylvania
Seal of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution five days after Delaware became the first. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The state borders Delaware and Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York and Ontario, Canada, to the north, and New Jersey to the east. The state's four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. The state capital is Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania, United States

in 1897

Seal of Belo Horizonte
Seal of Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, is founded. Belo Horizonte is the capital of and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of Brazil. It is the third largest metropolitan area in the country. Belo Horizonte (also known as "Belô", "Beagá", or "BH") has a population of over 2.4 million, or almost 5.4 million in the official Metropolitan Area.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

in 1911

Seal of Delhi
Seal of Delhi
Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India. The capital of British India was transferred from Calcutta to Delhi, following which a team of British architects led by Edwin Lutyens designed a new political and administrative area, known as New Delhi, to house the government buildings. New Delhi, also known as Lutyens' Delhi, was officially declared as the capital of the Union of India after the country gained independence on 15 August 1947.
Delhi, India, capital

Births

in 1799
Karl Bryullov

Karl Pavlovich Bryullov, also transliterated Briullov or Briuloff and referred to by his friends as "The Great Karl", was a Russian painter. He is regarded as a key figure in transition from the Russian neoclassicism to romanticism.
in 1915
Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer and actor.

Deaths

in 1849
Marc Isambard Brunel

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel was a French-born engineer who settled in England. He preferred the name Isambard, but is generally known to history as Marc to avoid confusion with his more famous son Isambard Kingdom Brunel. His most famous achievement was the construction of the Thames Tunnel.
in 1939
Douglas Fairbanks

Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as «The Thief of Bagdad», «Robin Hood», and «The Mark of Zorro».
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