TODAY IN HISTORY

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On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights, the first ten amend­ments to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, went into ef­fect fol­low­ing rat­i­fi­ca­tion by Vir­ginia.

In 1961, for­mer Nazi of­fi­cial

Adolf Eich­mann was sen­tenced to death by an Is­raeli court for crimes against hu­man­ity.

In 1966, movie pro­ducer Walt Dis­ney died in Los An­ge­les at age 65.

In 1971, the Se­cret Ser­vice ap­pointed its first five fe­male spe­cial agents.

In 1974, the hor­ror spoof “Young Franken­stein,”

star­ring Gene Wilder and di­rected by Mel Brooks, was re­leased by 20th Cen­tury Fox.

In 2000, the long-trou­bled Ch­er­nobyl nu­clear power plant in Ukraine was closed for good.

In 2001, with a crash and a large dust cloud, the last stand­ing piece of the

World Trade Cen­ter’s fa­cade was brought down.

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