This Day in History - December 10

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Today is the 344th day of 2011. There are 21 days left in the year.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT

1948: UN General Assembly in Paris unanimously adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Six members of the Soviet bloc, Saudi Arabia and South Africa abstain.

OTHER EVENTS

1520: Martin Luther publicly burns the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church.

1719: The first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) takes place in New England.

1810: France's Napoleon Bonaparte annexes northern Hanover, Bremen, Hamburg, Lauenburg and Lubeck, Germany.

1898: The Treaty of Paris between US and Spain ends the Spanish-American War with Spain ceding Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the US for US$20 million.

1899: British forces are defeated by the Boers at Stromberg, South Africa.

1906: US President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

1931: Jane Addams becomes a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the first American woman so honoured.

1936: King Edward VIII of Britain abdicates with the intention of marrying American divorcee Wallis Simpson. His brother, the Duke of York, becomes King George VI.

1950: UN Mideast peace mediator Ralph J Bunche is presented the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award.

1958: The first domestic passenger jet flight takes place in the US as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flies 111 passengers from New York City to Miami.

1963: Zanzibar becomes independent within the Commonwealth.

1964: Dr Martin Luther King Jr receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

1967: World's first commercial thermonuclear blast take place in the US state of New Mexico, to give access to natural gas from underground deposits.

1973: Austria closes its transit centre for Jews leaving the Soviet Union.

1980: Milton Obote is sworn in as Uganda's president, becoming the first African president ousted in a military coup to recapture the presidency. He was ousted by the army for the second time in 1985.

1983: Democracy returns after seven years of dictatorship in Argentina as Raul Alfonsin is sworn in as president.

1988: Chinese troops shoot into crowds of Tibetans demonstrating in Lhasa for human rights.

1991: Yugoslav federal army pulls out of Zagreb, and Croatia and Serbia exchange hundreds of prisoners, but fighting continues elsewhere in Croatia.

1992: Troops open fire on a truckload of Somalis who barrel through a French checkpoint, killing two and injuring seven in the first bloodshed of the US-led military mission in Somalia.

1993: African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela says he and President F W de Klerk are bound by the Nobel Peace Prize they accepted to spend the rest of their lives building a democratic, non-racial South Africa.

1994: Leaders of the Western Hemisphere's 34 democracies pledge to negotiate the world's largest duty-free trade zone by 2005.

1996: South African President Nelson Mandela signs a constitution guaranteeing equal rights to all races.

1997: Palestinians begin their first census in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and are attacked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for violating Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem.

2001: US authorities charge a California bus company with illegally transporting tens of thousands of undocumented aliens smuggled across the US-Mexico border.

2007: Cristina Fernandez is sworn in as Argentina's first elected female president.

2008: Britain's obsession with reality television reaches new heights with the broadcast of the assisted suicide of a 59-year-old terminally ill American at a Swiss clinic.

2009: President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize, offering a striking defence of war at the same time as he makes an impassioned case for building a “just and lasting peace”.

2010: The eccentric leader of the brutal La Familia drug cartel is believed to have been killed in a shoot-out during two days of fighting between federal police and gunmen that terrified civilians across a western Mexican state.

2011: Tens of thousands of people hold the largest anti-Government protests that post-Soviet Russia has ever seen to criticise electoral fraud and demand an end to Vladimir Putin's rule.

2013: World leaders and well-wishers gather in the 95,000-capacity FNB Stadium in Soweto Township near Johannesburg, South Africa, to pay last respects to world icon Nelson Mandela.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Ada King Lovelace, English mathematician and world's first computer programmer (1815-1852); Cesar Franck, Belgian composer (1822-1890); Emily Dickinson, US poet (1830-1886); Melvil Dewey, US librarian/inventor of the Dewey Decimal System (1851-1931); Mary Norton, English children's author (1903-1992); Susan Dey, US actress (1952-); Kenneth Branagh, British actor (1960- )

— AP

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