On This Day

Historical Events in December 2010

  • 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)

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Dec 6 Record price for a printed book when a first edition of "The Birds of America" by John James Audubon auctioned at Sotheby's, London, England, for £7,321,250

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon
  • Dec 7 Iceland officially leaves the recession with growth of 1.2% in the third quarter

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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.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk

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Dec 10 Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm, while imprisoned in China

Writer and Human Rights Activist Liu Xiaobo
Writer and Human Rights Activist
Liu Xiaobo
  • 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 12 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, London, England: Europe regains title with an 11-8 win over US; MVP: Darren Appleton (England)
  • Dec 13 76th Heisman Trophy Award: Cam Newton, Auburn (QB)

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Dec 16 Final episode of "Larry King Live" airs on CNN

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 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

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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
  • Dec 31 Post-apocalyptic zombie TV series "The Walking Dead" premieres, starring Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal on AMC