On This Day

What Happened on December 10

Important 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 first adopted in France
  • 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 divorcee Wallis Simpson
  • 1964 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo
More Historical Events

December 10 in Film & TV

  • 1962 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

December 10 in Music

  • 2016 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm

December 10 in Sport

  • 1831 "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing in New York City, the premier sports journal of the 19th century

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

Would You Believe?

The "Great Emu War" ends: Emu's surprising resilience to bullets led to Emu victory over Australian military in Campion district, Western Australia

On December 10, 1932

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

Famous Divorces

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