On This Day

December 2010 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
Elon Musk

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Hillard Elkins, American theatre and film producer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 3 Abdumalik Bahori, Tajik poet and fiction writer (b.1927)
  • Dec 6 Mark Dailey, Canadian television journalist and announcer (b. 1953)
  • Dec 7 Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and wife of John Edwards (b. 1949)
  • Dec 9 Dov Shilansky, Israeli politician (b. 1924)
  • Dec 9 John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)
  • Dec 10 John Bennett Fenn, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Dec 10 J. Michael Hagopian, Turkish-born American documentarian (b. 1913)
  • Dec 13 Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (b. 1941)
  • Dec 14 Timothy Davlin, American politician, dies at 53
  • Dec 15 Eugene Victor Wolfenstein, American political scientist (b. 1940)
  • Dec 16 Melvin E. Biddle, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1923)
  • Dec 16 Mary Jane Odell, American politician and journalist, Iowa Secretary of State, dies at 87
  • Dec 18 Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940)
  • Dec 18 Jacqueline de Romilly, French philologist and classical scholar (b. 1913)
  • Dec 18 James Pickles, English judge and columnist, dies at 85
  • Dec 19 Anthony Howard, English Journalist (b. 1934)
  • Dec 20 Brian Hanrahan, British journalist (b. 1949)
  • Dec 20 James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (b. 1920)
  • Dec 21 David Hennessy [Lord Windlesham], British politician (C) (Leader of the House of Lords 1973-4) and TV executive, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 K. Karunakaran, Indian politician (b. 1918)
  • Dec 23 Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (b. 1916)
  • Dec 24 Elisabeth Beresford, British author and creator of The Wombles (b. 1926)
  • Dec 24 Orestes Quércia, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • Dec 24 Roy Neuberger, American financier and art patron (Neuberger Museum of Art), dies at 107
  • Dec 25 Carlos Andrés Pérez, President of Venezuela (1974-79, 89-94), dies at 88
  • Dec 26 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • Dec 28 Trevor Holdsworth, CEO (National Power), dies at 83
  • Dec 30 Roger Milliken, American millionaire (CEO of Milliken & Company), dies at 95