On This Day in History, December 10

History was made on December 10. Good things happened and there was a fair share of some bad things too.

Besides the ones that you know of, how about we take a look at the ones that made it to history?

  • 1520Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict.
  • 1817Mississippi became the 20th state in the United States.
  • 1898 – A treaty was signed in Paris that officially ended the Spanish-American War. Also, Cuba became independent of Spain.
  • 1901 – The first Nobel Prizes were awarded.
  • 1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
  • 1931 – Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she was the first American woman to do so.
  • 1939 – The National Football League’s attendance exceeded 1 million in a season for the first time.
  • 1941 – Japan invaded the Philippines.
  • 1948 – U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • 1980 – The Soviet Union performed an underground nuclear test.
  • 1984 – South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1986 – France performed a nuclear test.
  • 1954 – Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1963 – Zanzibar gained independence from Great Britain.
  • 1996 – South Africa’s President Mandela signed into law a new democratic constitution, completing the country’s transition from white-minority rule to a non-racial democracy.
  • 1999 – Franjo Tuđman, the 1st President of Croatia, died.
  • 2006 – Augusto Pinochet, the 30th President of Chile, died.
  • 2007Argentina swore in its first female elected President, Cristina Fernandez.
  • 2009 – US President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

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