What Happened in December 2010

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 19th SEC Championship Game: #2 Auburn beats #18 South Carolina, 56-17
  • Dec 4 6th ACC Championship Game: #12 Virginia Tech beats #20 Florida State, 44-33
  • Dec 4 15th Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Oklahoma beats #13 Nebraska, 23-20
  • Dec 5 99th Davis Cup: Serbia beats France in Belgrade (3-2)
  • Dec 7 Iceland officially leaves the recession with growth of 1.2% in the third quarter
  • Dec 8 With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
  • Dec 11 Two explosions occur in a busy shopping district of Stockholm, Sweden, killing one and injuring two others. Officials say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.
  • Dec 13 76th Heisman Trophy Award: Cam Newton, Auburn (QB)
  • Dec 19 "Miracle at the New Meadowlands", Philadelphia Eagles trail New York Giants by 21 points with eight minutes to play, before scoring 4 touchdowns in final 7 minutes, including dramatic walk-off punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 Repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy", a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 10 Tennis player Martina Hingis (30) weds equestrian show jumper Thibault Hutin at a private civil ceremony in Paris, France

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Dec 11 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California
  • Dec 11 Actress Joanna Garcia (32) weds New York Yankees` Nick Swisher (31) at Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 14 WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan (57) marries 2nd wife Jennifer McDaniel in Clearwater Florida

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Dec 28 "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth (27) weds spanish actress Elsa Pataky (34) in Indonesia
  • Dec 31 NASCAR driver and team owner Kyle Busch (25) weds model Samantha Sarcinella at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago

Famous Divorces

  • Dec 8 "Heart" rock singer Nancy Wilson (56) divorces "Almost Famous" and "Elizabethtown" director Cameron Crowe (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 24 years of marriage
  • Dec 13 "Dexter" actress Jennifer Carpenter (31) divorces actor Michael C. Hall (40) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage
  • Dec 15 Nip/Tuck actor Dylan Walsh (47) divorces actress Joana Going (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 6 years of marriage
  • Dec 21 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (51) divorces actress Georgina Sutcliffe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage
  • Dec 28 Film and record company executive Justin Siegel (23) divorces actress-singer Emmy Rossum due to irreconcilable differences after a year-and-a-half of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Hillard Elkins, American theatre and film producer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 2 Ron Santo, American MLB player (Chicago Cubs) and broadcaster, dies at 70
  • Dec 3 Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • Dec 5 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • Dec 5 Alan Armer, American television producer and director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 6 Mark Dailey, Canadian television journalist and announcer (b. 1953)
  • Dec 7 Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and wife of John Edwards (b. 1949)
  • Dec 7 Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (b. 1928)
  • Dec 9 Dov Shilansky, Israeli politician (b. 1924)
  • Dec 9 James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • Dec 9 John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)
  • Dec 10 John Bennett Fenn, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Dec 10 J. Michael Hagopian, Turkish-born American documentarian (b. 1913)
  • Dec 10 MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1921)
  • Dec 11 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Peter Pagel, German footballer (b. 1956)
  • Dec 12 Tom Walkinshaw, former racing driver and Formula 1 team owner (b. 1946)
  • Dec 13 Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (b. 1941)
  • Dec 13 Enrique Morente, Spanish flamenco singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 14 Timothy Davlin, American politician (b. 1957)
  • Dec 14 Dale Roberts, English footballer (b. 1986)
  • Dec 14 Neva Patterson, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Dec 15 Blake Edwards, American film director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 15 Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Dec 15 Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)
  • Dec 16 Melvin E. Biddle, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1923)
  • Dec 17 Captain Beefheart, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Dec 17 Walt Dropo, American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • Dec 18 Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • Dec 18 Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940)
  • Dec 18 Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (b. 1913)
  • Dec 18 James Pickles, English jurist and columnist (b. 1925)
  • Dec 19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 19 Anthony Howard, English Journalist (b. 1934)
  • Dec 20 Brian Hanrahan, British journalist (b. 1949)
  • Dec 20 Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1945)
  • Dec 20 James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (b. 1920)
  • Dec 21 Enzo Bearzot, Italian football player and manager (b. 1927)
  • Dec 21 David Hennessy [Lord Windlesham], British politician (C) (Leader of the House of Lords 1973-4) and TV executive, dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Fred Foy, American radio and television announcer (b. 1921)
  • Dec 23 K. Karunakaran, Indian politician (b. 1918)
  • Dec 23 Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (b. 1916)
  • Dec 24 Elisabeth Beresford, British author and creator of The Wombles (b. 1926)
  • Dec 24 Orestes Quércia, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • Dec 24 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (b. 1930)
  • Dec 25 Carlos Andrés Pérez, former President of Venezuela (b. 1922)
  • Dec 26 Teena Marie, American singer and composer (b. 1956)
  • Dec 26 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • Dec 28 Billy Taylor, American musician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 29 Bill Erwin, American actor (b. 1914)
  • Dec 30 Bobby Farrell, Aruban singer (Boney M) (b. 1949)
  • Dec 30 Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor (b. 1927)