On this Day in History: December 15

1970 – Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet.
1956 – KGW TV channel 8 in Portland, Oregon (NBC) begins broadcasting.
1956 – WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting.
1953 – WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, Florida (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting.
1952 – KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii (NBC) begins broadcasting.
1939 – Gone with the Wind, the highest inflation adjusted grossing film ever, premieres at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment, which prohibited the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol.