This Day in History - December 10

December 10

1778 – John Jay is elected president of the Continental Congress

1815 – English mathematician, Ada Lovelace is born

1817 – Mississippi becomes the 20th state

1830 – American poet, Emily Dickinson is born

1851 – American librarian who created the Dewey Decimal System, Melvil Dewey is born

1861 – Kentucky is admitted to the Confederate States of America

1862 – The US House of Representatives pass a bill creating the state of West Virginia

1864 – Union General William T. Sherman finishes his march to the sea, arriving at front of Savannah, Georgia

1869 – Governor John Campbell signs a bill granting women the right to vote and hold public office within the Wyoming Territory

1878 – 1st Governor General of India, C. Rajagopalachari is born

1881 – British soldier who achieved a title for his part in the Allied victories in North Africa, Viscount Alexander of Tunis, is born

1891 – Nobel Prize-winning poet, Nelly Sachs is born

1896 – Founder of the Nobel Prize, Swedish chemist and engineer and inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel, dies

1898 – The Treaty of Paris is signed by the US and Spain, ceding Spanish possessions to the US and ending the Spanish-American War

1901 – The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm

1903 – English children’s author, Mary Norton is born

1907 – English novelist, Rumer Godden is born

1908 – French composer, Olivier Messiaen is born

1911 – American broadcast journalist, Chester “Chet” Huntley is born

1914 – Actress Dorothy Lamour is born

1915 – Ford hits a milestone with the build of its one millionth car

1917 – The International Red Cross is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

1918 – Under fear of a coup, US troops are called to guard Berlin

1919 – Captain Ross Smith becomes the first person to fly 11,5000 miles from England to Australia

1922 – Writer, producer, and creator of soap operas, Agnes Nixon is born

1934 – Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, Howard Martin Temin is born

1941 – Singer/musician, Chad Stuart is born

1941 – Japanese troops invade the Philippine island of Luzon, seize Guam and sink the British warships, Prince of Wales and Repulse

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 – The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, is bombed by Allied forces

1948 – Founder of the Palestine Liberation Front, terrorist who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro, Abu Abbas is born

1949 – In an effort to prevent a Chinese invasion, 150,000 French troops guard the border of Vietnam

1950 – Dr. Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first black to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

1951 – English author, Algernon Blackwood dies

1956 – 40th Governor of Illinois who was arrested on federal charges of trying to sell the US Senate seat of Barack Obama, Rod Blagojevich is born

1963 – Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped by Barry Keenan, John Irwin, and another partner, for a ransom of $240,000. Frank Sr. called in the FBI who rescued Jr. in Los Angeles and within a couple of days, Irwin turned himself in. By December 14, all members had been arrested. The kidnappers claimed Frank Jr. orchestrated his own kidnapping as a publicity stunt, despite a total lack of evidence to back up this claim. Keenan served 4 ½ years in federal prison

1967 – American singer and songwriter, Otis Redding is killed in a plane crash in Wisconsin

1970 – The murder trial of Lieutenant William Calley begins, who had been charged with six counts of premeditated murder, for his leadership during the My Lai massacres in Vietnam

1974 – Representative Wilbur D. Mills, Arkansas Democrat, resigns as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the wake of the first completely public sex scandal in American politics. Mills had been stopped by Washington Park police for driving with his lights off, only for police to discover that he was intoxicated, his face was scratched, and despite being a married man, was in the company of a known stripper, Annabell Battistella, who had bruised eyes. Battistella jumped into the Tidal Basin near Jefferson Memorial and was pulled out by police. The scandal was heavily publicized, leading to an end of the congressman’s career

1977 – On UN Human Rights Day, the Soviet Union places 20 prominent dissidents under house arrest, threatening to break up a planned silent demonstration in Moscow’s Pushkin Square and cutting off telephone service while Soviet newspapers decry human rights violations elsewhere in the world

1978 – President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, and Prime Minister of Israel, Menachem Begin, share the Nobel Peace Prize

1983 – Democracy is restored to Argentina as Raul Alfonsin assumes power

1989 – Mongolia’s democratic movement is announced by Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, which changes the second oldest communist country into a democracy

1993 – The Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland, East England closes

1999 – 1st President of Croatia, Franjo Tudman dies

2006 – San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson breaks the National Football League’s record for touchdowns scored during a single season with his 29th of the year

2006 – 30th President of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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