Dec. 15: Bill of Rights Day

VIDEO: South Koreas Direct Elections

1791 Bill of Rights Ratified

The Bill of Rights, containing the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, was ratified on Dec. 15, 1971. (Getty Images)

The Bill of Rights was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, when Virginia's support gave the amendment a three-fourths majority needed to become a law.  The Bill was drafted by James Madison, and it included the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution.

Stipulations of the Bill of Rights include freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and right to a speedy and public trial by jury of peers.

Read the full Bill of Rights here.

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1987 South Korea's Direct Elections

For the first time in 16 years, South Korea held direct presidential elections.

2006 Prince William Graduates

Prince William graduated from the Royal Military Academy.  The Queen and Kate Middleton were in attendance.  Prince William said he would not want to get married until after completing his four years of military service.

Famous Birthdays

1967 Mo Vaughn

1979 Adam Brody

1982 Charlie Cox

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