On This Day

Historical Events on December 10 (Part 2)

  • 1990 Soyuz TM-10 lands
  • 1990 Space Shuttle STS 35 (Columbia 11) lands
  • 1991 "Crucible" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • 1991 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • 1991 Jackie Martling walks off of Howard Stern show for 1 day

Sports History

1991 Howard Spira sentenced to 2½ years in prison for trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner

  • 1992 "My Favorite Year" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 1992 NHL awards franchises to Miami & Anaheim for 1994-95
  • 1992 NY Yankees sign free agent pitcher Jimmy Key
  • 1992 Orlanda Magic scores 14 3-pointers (2 shy of record)
  • 1993 Dow Jones hits record 3740.67
  • 1993 "Doom" pioneering first-person shooter video game is uploaded onto the internet by id Software
  • 1994 60th Heisman Trophy Award: Rashaan Salaam, Colorado (RB)
  • 1994 European Campaign against Racism "All different, All equal" begins
  • 1995 1st meeting of NBA expansion teams, Raptors beat Grizzlies 93-81
  • 1995 Michael Slater scores 219 v Sri Lanka at the WACA
  • 1995 Muralitharan takes 2-224 in Australian innings of 5-617
  • 1995 Ricky Ponting makes 96 on Test Cricket debut (Aust v Sri Lanka, WACA)
  • 1995 Worst snowstorm in Buffalo history, 37.9" in 24 hours (Starting Dec 9 at 7 PM, breaks previous record of 25.3" in 1982
  • 1996 Rwandan Genocide: Maurice Baril military advisor to the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations recommends the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down

Nobel Prize

1998 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine presented to Gertrude B. Elion, George H. Hitchings and James W. Black for development of new drugs

Nobel Prize

1998 Indian Professor Amartya Sen is awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to welfare economics

  • 2000 89th Davis Cup: Spain beats Australia in Barcelona (3-1)

Film Premiere

2001 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

  • 2001 67th Heisman Trophy Award: Eric Crouch, Nebraska (QB)

Nobel Prize

2001 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded jointly to Joseph Stiglitz, George A. Akerlof and A. Michael Spence "for their analyses of markets with asymmetric information"

  • 2005 71st Heisman Trophy Award: Reggie Bush, USC (RB); Bush later forfeits trophy
  • 2006 One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.

Sports History

2006 British Broadcasting Corporation gives Swedish tennis icon Björn Borg a Lifetime Achievement Award; presented by Boris Becker

Nobel Prize

2009 US President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

Nobel Prize

2010 Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm, while imprisoned in China

  • 2012 Google begins selling US$99 laptops
  • 2012 11 people are killed and 23 are injured after a bus falls into a roadside pond in Minquan County, China
  • 2012 9 people are killed and 32 are wounded after a bus falls of a 300 meter cliff in Columbia
  • 2012 Japan is again in recession as the GDP figures for the second quarter of 2012 are revised to show a contraction of 0.03% and the third quarter figures fall by a further 0.9%
  • 2012 78th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (QB); first freshman to win the award
  • 2013 Mary Barra of General Motors becomes the first female CEO of a major automotive company
  • 2013 Uruguay becomes the first country to legalize the growth, sale, and use of marijuana
  • 2015 Scientists at Cornell University announce world's first IVF puppies successfully born from a surrogate dog
  • 2015 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Las Vegas, Nevada: Team Europe retains title for 6th consecutive year with an 11-7 win over US; MVP: Niels Feijen (Netherlands - 3rd straight year)
  • 2016 Terrorist bomb attacks outside a stadium in Istanbul kill 38 and injure 166
  • 2016 82nd Heisman Trophy Award: Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals (QB), youngest player to win at 19

Nobel Prize

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

  • 2016 "Rogue One", 1st of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles

Historic Event

2017 Governor of California Jerry Brown tours Southern Californian wildfires and declares them "the new normal"

Historic Event

2018 Theresa May cancels UK parliament vote on Brexit bill in face of certain defeat

  • 2018 Russia's most prolific mass murderer Mikhail Popkov sentenced to second life sentence for total of 56 murders

Historic Event

2018 Emmanuel Macron announces in TV address rise in minimum wage and tax concessions after weeks of civil unrest

  • 2019 Sydney, Australia, blanketed in smoke from nearby bush fires pushing air quality to 11 times hazardous levels
  • 2019 1st fully electric commercial plane, a retro-fitted seaplane, completes test flight in Vancouver
  • 2019 Shooting at a New Jersey cemetery and a kosher supermarket leaves six dead, including the two shooters, in suspected anti-Semitic attack
  • 2019 Australian car maker Holden announces an end to Commodore production after 41 years
  • 2021 Rare December tornadoes strike four American states, with a 'Quad-State Tornado' across Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky, completely destroying some towns and leaving at least 70 dead
  • 2021 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, London, England: Europe retains trophy with an 11-6 win over US; MVP: Jayson Shaw (Scotland)