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#OtvFACTS: Today In History [10th December, 2014]



A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred
on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the
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Today in History
December 10
1817 Mississippi is admitted as the 20th state.
1861 Kentucky is admitted to the Confederate States of
1862 The U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill
creating the state of West Virginia.
1869 Governor John Campbell signs the bill that grants
women in Wyoming Territory the right to vote as well as hold
public office.
1898 The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris,
ceding Spanish possessions, including the Philippines, to the
United States.
1917 The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International
Red Cross.
1918 U.S. troops are called to guard Berlin as a coup is
1919 Captain Ross Smith becomes the first person to fly
11,500 miles from England to Australia.
1936 Edward VIII abdicates to marry Wallis Warfield
Simpson, an American-born divorcee.
1941 Japanese troops invade the Philippine island of Luzon.
1941 The siege of Tobruk in North Africa is raised.
1943 Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill that postpones a
draft of pre-Pearl Harbor fathers.
1943 Allied forces bomb Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
1949 150,000 French troops mass at the border in Vietnam
to prevent a Chinese invasion.
1950 Dr. Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first African-
American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1977 On UN Human Rights Day, the Soviet Union places 20
prominent dissidents under house arrest, cutting off
telephones and threatening to break up a planned silent
demonstration in Moscow’s Pushkin Square. Soviet
newspapers decry human rights violations elsewhere in the
1978 President of Egypt Anwar Sadat and Prime Minister of
Israel Menachem Begin are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace
1983 Democracy restored to Argentina with the assumption
of Raul Alfonsin.
1989 Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announces the establishment of
Mongolia’s democratic movement that changes the second
oldest communist country into a democracy.
1993 The Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland, East England,
closes, marking the end of the County Durham coalfield,
which had been in operation since the Middle Ages.
Born on December 10
1830 Emily Dickinson, American poet of more than 1,000
poems, seven published in her lifetime.
1851 Melvil Dewey, American librarian who created the
Dewey Decimal System.
1881 Viscount Alexander of Tunis, British soldier who took
his title from his part in the Allied victories in North Africa.
1891 Nelly Sachs, Nobel Prize-winning poet.
1903 Mary Norton, English children’s author (Bedknobs and
1907 Rumor Godden, English novelist (Black Narcissus).
1908 Oliver Messian, French composer (Quartet for the End
of Time).
1911 Chester “Chet” Huntley, American broadcast journalist.
1914 Dorothy Lamour, actress, best remembered for co-
starring with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in their “Road to”
movie series.
1922 Agnes Nixon, writer, producer; creator of long-running
TV soap operas (One Life to Live, All My Children).
1934 Howard Martin Temin, geneticist; shared 1975 Nobel
Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
1941 Chad Stuart, singer, musician; half of the Chad &
Jeremy folk rock duo.
1948 Abu Abbas (Muhammad Zaidan, Muhammad Abbas), a
founder of the Palestine Liberation Front; led terrorist
hijacking of cruise ship Achille Lauro.
1956 Rod Blagojevich, 40th Governor of Illinois; arrested on
federal charges of trying to sell the US Senate seat of
President-elect Barack Obama.

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