On This Day for 10th December

Historical Events

  • 1520 Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant
  • 1684 Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.
  • 1898 Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • 1901 First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded (to Jean Henri Dunant, Frederic Passy)
  • 1936 Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up British throne to marry Wallis Simpson
  • 1964 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo

Did You Know?

Metric system adopted in France, first country to do so

On December 10th, 1799

Famous Weddings

  • 1843 Author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy (22) weds building contractor George Washington Glover (32) in Tilton, New Hampshire
  • 1915 28th US President Woodrow Wilson marries 2nd wife Edith Galt, a descendant of native American Pocahontas
  • 1947 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21)
  • 1961 Dr Ruth marries Fred Westheimer
  • 1994 Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell (61) weds sports marketing executive Heather MacLachlan (35) at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City

Famous Divorces

  • 1997 Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel (59) divorces Linda Joan Bork after 38 years of marriage