What Happened on December 10

Significant Events

  • 1520 Martin Luther publicly burns papal edict demanding 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 Edmond Halley
  • 1799 Metric system adopted in France, first country to do so
  • 1898 Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • 1901 First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy
  • 1936 Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up the British throne to marry American divoree Wallis Simpson
  • 1964 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error)

On December 10, 1884

Famous Weddings

  • 1843 Author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy (22) weds building contractor George Washington Glover (32) in Tilton, New Hampshire
  • 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
  • 2005 "Audioslave" drummer Brad Wilk (37) weds "Seven Year Bitch" former lead vocalist Selene Vigil near the frozen waters of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

Famous Divorces

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

Would You Believe?

Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.

On December 10, 1968