On This Day December 15
1943 – Jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer and comedic entertainer Fats Waller dies of pneumonia while traveling by train near Kansas City, Missouri. Waller wrote many songs, including “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Your Feet’s Too Big.”
1944 – Overseas to entertain U.S troops during World War II, legendary bandleader Glenn Miller takes off from England en route to France, but his plane vanishes over the English Channel. The beloved 40-year-old musician is never seen again.
1993 – “Schindler’s List,” from director Steven Spielberg, opens, starring Liam Neeson as German businessman Oskar Schindler, who saves the lives of over a thousand Jews during the Holocaust. The movie wins seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Own a Piece of This Day
Gone with the Wind
Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard, and directed by Victor Fleming
Starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes, and directed by Steven Spielberg
The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites
Starring Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman