December 15 1944
En route to Paris, “swing” big band leader Glenn Miller vanishes over the English Channel. Miller, listed as Missing In Action, was serving as a Major in the Army Air Force Band when his plane went down.
December 15 1952
Fashion photographer George Jorgenson has a Danish surgeon remove his various naughty bits, in the world’s first sex-change operation. George emerges in New York as cabaret actress Christine Jorgenson.
December 15 1961
Nazi Adolf Eichmann, former Reichssicherheitshauptamt (that’s a real word) bureaucrat, is sentenced to death by a Jerusalem court. Eichmann had been arrested in Argentina and smuggled to Israel the previous year.
December 15 1966
Walter Elias “Walt” Disney died in Los Angeles at the age of 65.
December 15 1988
Lori Davis, of Bay Shore NY, files suit against Mike Tyson over an incident in which Tyson played a little grabass with her at a nightclub.
December 15 1989
The man that masterminded a campaign of horror against the Colombian people, cartel leader Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, “El Mexicano”, is killed by police in a shootout. Gacha had bombed an Avianca plane midflight, killing all 101 passengers, and truckbombed the National Police Headquarters in Bogota. The police were not happy with him.
December 15 1997
Thailand begins the mass cremation of some 21,347 dead, all unclaimed from the Poh Tek Tung cemetary in Bangkok. It is a new record.