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Day in History, Daily Briefing, Dec. 15, 2011

See what's happening today and what happened on this day in history.

It's Thursday, December 15, the 349th day of the year and Bill of Rights DAy.

Today's Top Headlines

Today's Weather

Thursday: Showers likely, mainly after 1 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 52. South wind between 7 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. 

Thursday Night: A chance of showers, mainly before 11 p.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Events & Reminders

At 7 tonight at the Oxford Girl Scouts will hold their annual sing-a-long and toy drive. Members of the US Marine Corps will attend to collect toys for Toys for Tots. There will be 190 Girl Scouts in attendance performing 18 Christmas carols. 

Today in History

1791: The U.S. Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1933: The Twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol. 

1939: Gone with the Wind receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

1970: Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus, becoming the first successful soft landing on another planet.

1973: The American Psychiatric Association votes 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.

Weather information taken from the National Weather Service. Today in History compiled from Wikipedia and other sources.

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