Events in History on December 10

  • 741 Pope Zachary elected
  • 1041 Michael IV, Paphlagonicus, Byzantium Emperor dies of results of dropsy. His wife Empress Zoe elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V.
  • 1294 Pope Coelestinus V becomes Pope (until Dec 13th)
  • 1508 League of the kingdom signed (covenant against Venice)

Historic Event

1510 Muslim ruler of Goa, Yusuf Adil Shah and his Ottoman allies surrender to Portuguese forces led by Afonso de Albuquerque who puts the Muslim population to the sword

Victory in Battle

1652 Sea battle at Dungeness: lt-admiral Maarten Tromp beats English fleet

  • 1672 New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston

Historic Event

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

  • 1690 Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money

Appointment of Interest

1718 Laurence Eusden is appointed British Poet Laureate under George I

  • 1768 First part (number) of the Encyclopedia Britannica is published in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1799 Metric system first adopted in France
  • 1816 Dutch regain Sumatra from the British
  • 1817 Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union
  • 1836 Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia

Historic Siege

1864 General Sherman's armies reach Savannah & 12 day siege begins

  • 1869 The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • 1869 Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)

Historic Publication

1884 "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error)

  • 1887 Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign Balkan military treaty
  • 1896 Alfred Jarry's play "Ubu Roi" premieres in Paris
  • 1898 The first western pilgrims welcomed at The House of `Abdu'lláh Páshá

Spain Declares War Against the United States

1898 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish–American War is signed by US President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam

  • 1899 -15] British "Black Week" due to defeats in South Africa
  • 1899 Battle at Storm Berge South Africa - Boers vs British army
  • 1899 Delta Sigma Phi fraternity founded at City College of New York, to spread "the principles of friendship and brotherhood among college men, without respect to race or creed."
  • 1901 First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy

Nobel Prize

1901 First Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays

Nobel Prize

1902 German organic chemist Emil Fischer is award the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on sugar and purine syntheses

  • 1902 Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania

Nobel Prize

1903 Nobel Prize for physics awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie for their study of spontaneous radiation

  • 1904 Founding of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity in Charleston, South Carolina

Nobel Prize

1904 Ivan Pavlov awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for work on the physiology of digestion, first Russian to win a Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize

1904 John William Strutt [Lord Rayleigh] and William Ramsay are presented with the Nobel Prize for Physics for their discovery of Argon

  • 1904 King Peter I of Serbia named nationalist regime
  • 1905 Austrian pacifist and writer Bertha von Suttner becomes the 1st woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Prize

1906 Frenchman Henri Moissan is presented with the Nobel prize for Chemistry for isolating Fluoride

Nobel Prize

1906 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal "in recognition of their work on the anatomy of the nervous system" [1]

Nobel Prize

1906 US President Theodore Roosevelt is the 1st American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Prize

1907 Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel prize for literature, the first English-language writer to do so

  • 1907 The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected.

Nobel Prize

1909 Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize

1910 Dutch Physicist Johannes van der Waals wins the Nobel Prize for physics

Nobel Prize

1911 Belgium poet and playwright Maurice Maeterlinck is presented in absentia with the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • 1911 Calbraith Rogers completes 1st crossing of US by airplane in 84 days
  • 1911 Dutch lawyer Tobias Asser receives the Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Prize

1912 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Gustaf Dalén for inventing automatic regulators for gas accumulators for lighthouses and buoys

  • 1913 Belgium head of the International Peace Bureau Henri La Fontaine becomes the first Socialist to win the Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Prize

1913 Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore becomes the first non-European to be presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature for "Gitanjali"

  • 1913 Dutch scientist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes receives Nobel prize for physics
  • 1914 French government returns to Paris

Nobel Prize

1919 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to US President Woodrow Wilson

Nobel Prize

1920 August Krogh is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the regulation mechanisms of capillaries in skeletal muscle

Nobel Prize

1922 Nobel prizes awarded to Danish physicist Niels Bohr for his work on the structure of atoms, Francis William Aston for Chemistry and a Peace Prize to Fridtjof Nansen for his work on behalf of displaced victims of World War I at a ceremony in Copenhagen

  • 1923 Polish government of Grabski forms

Nobel Prize

1925 Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Historic Publication

1926 2nd part of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf published

Nobel Prize

1929 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine jointly awarded to Christiaan Eijkman and Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins for the discovery of vitamins

Nobel Prize

1930 German chemist Hans Fischer is awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on haemin

Nobel Prize

1930 Indian Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman is presented with the Nobel Prize for Physics for work on light scattering - first Asian and non-white to win a Science Nobel

Nobel Prize

1931 Jane Addams named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize; 1st American woman Nobel laureate [1]

Election of Interest

1931 Manuel Azaña becomes Prime Minister of Spain with Niceto Zamora as President

  • 1932 King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution
  • 1932 The "Great Emu War" ends: Emu's surprising resilience to bullets led to Emu victory over Australian military in Campion district, Western Australia

Nobel Prize

1933 Nobel Prize for Physics is presented to Paul Dirac and Erwin Schrödinger "for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory"

  • 1934 Fascist dictator of Latvia Ulmanis begins building concentration camp
  • 1934 Saint-Adelbert cooperation formed by Catholic elite

Nobel Prize

1935 James Chadwick is awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of the neutron

Nobel Prize

1935 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Irene Joliot-Curie (daughter of Marie Curie) and her husband Frédéric Joliot for the discovery of artificial radioactivity

Nobel Prize

1936 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Carlos Saavedra Lamas for mediating end to Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia, 1st Latin American to win

  • 1936 Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry

Nobel Prize

1938 Italian scientist Enrico Fermi receives the Nobel Prize for Physics (work on reduced radioactivity)

  • 1938 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Zen teacher, Rinzai line, enters Zen priesthood
  • 1939 KNVB celebrates 50th anniversary
  • 1940 British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
  • 1941 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • 1941 Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
  • 1941 Japanese troops overrun Guam
  • 1942 Adolf Hitler names Anton Mussert "leader of the Dutch people"

Historic Event

1942 An early report the Holocaust prepared by the Polish government-in-exile, using information obtained by Witold Pilecki, is addressed to UN member states

  • 1942 North Africa: 5th German panzer army forms under col-gen von Arnim
  • 1943 British 8th Army (1st Canadian Infantry Division) occupies Orsogna/Ortona Italy
  • 1944 9 Dutch citizens hanged by Nazis
  • 1944 German counter attack at Dillingen bridgehead on the Saar
  • 1945 Preston Tucker reveals plan to produce the Torpedo, a new 150 MPH car

Nobel Prize

1946 German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

Nobel Prize

1947 American physiologists Joseph Erlanger and Herbert Gasser presented with Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm (awarded 1944), for research into nerve function

  • 1947 USSR & Czechoslovakia sign trade agreement

Historic Event

1948 UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Nobel Prize

1950 Ralph Bunche (1st black American) presented the Nobel Peace Prize for mediation in Israel

  • 1952 Izhak Ben-Zvi elected 2nd president of Israel
  • 1954 Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Prize

1954 Linus Pauling wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its applications

  • 1954 USAF Lt Col John Stapp travels at 632 mph in a rocket sled at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • 1956 Establishment of The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola, MPLA (from Portuguese: Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola), left-wing party that has ruled since independence from Portugal
  • 1957 Chinese physicists Chen Ning Yang and Tsung-Dao Lee awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on parity laws, which created a major breakthrough in particle research
  • 1958 1st domestic (NY-Miami) passenger jet flight-National 707 flew 111
  • 1958 U of Pitts agrees to buy Forbes Field from the Pirates

Historic Event

1959 Novel Prize for Literature awarded to Sicilian writer Salvatore Quasimodo for his lyrical poetry

  • 1960 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet and Peter Medawar for work on tissue grafting

Nobel Prize

1960 Willard Libby wins the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work developing carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating).

Nobel Prize

1961 Robert Hofstadter and Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and discoveries concerning the structure of the nucleon

  • 1961 US performs nuclear test at Carlsbad New Mexico (underground)
  • 1961 USSR & Albania break diplomatic relations
  • 1962 Hunters Point (San Francisco) jitney ends service after 50 years

Nobel Prize

1963 Karl Ziegler and Giulio Natta receive the 1963 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the technology of high polymers

  • 1963 Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain

Nobel Prize

1964 Dorothy Hodgkin is the first British woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on penicillin and vitamin B12

Nobel Prize

1964 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo, Norway

  • 1965 Dutch ends economic boycott of Rhodesia
  • 1966 Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • 1966 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to Robert S. Mulliken

Nobel Prize

1967 Guatemalan author Miguel Ángel Asturias is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm

Nobel Prize

1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Ragnar Granit, Haldan Keffer Hartline and George Wald "for discoveries about the make-up of the eye

  • 1968 Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.

Nobel Prize

1970 Soviet novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn chooses not to claim his Nobel Prize in Literature for fear that the USSR would prevent his return afterwards. Accepts in 1974 after he was deported.

Nobel Prize

1971 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt receives the Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1971 William H Rehnquist confirmed as Supreme Court justice
  • 1972 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1974 European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament
  • 1974 Helios 1 launched by US and Germany; later makes closest flyby of the Sun

Nobel Prize

1974 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Irishman Seán MacBride for his human rights work and Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Satō for signing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Nobel Prize

1975 Andrei Sakharov's wife Yelena Bonner, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1975 Terry Funk beats Jack Brisco in Miami Beach, to become NWA champ

Nobel Prize

1976 Samuel C. C. Ting is the first person to deliver a Nobel Prize lecture in Mandarin, during the ceremony to award him and Burton Richter the Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering the J/ψ particle

  • 1976 Wings release triple album "Wings Over America"
  • 1977 Soyuz 26 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • 1979 Piet Dankert appointed as chairman of European Parliament
  • 1980 Soyuz T-3 returns to Earth
  • 1980 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1981 -13] El Salvador army kills 900
  • 1981 Jules Feiffer's "Grownups" premieres in NYC
  • 1981 The United Nations General Assembly approves Pakistan's proposal for establishing nuclear free-zone in South Asia.
  • 1982 CDC report on a transfusion recipient who developed AIDS symptoms
  • 1982 Soyuz T-5 returns to Earth, 211 days after take-off

Nobel Prize

1983 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Wałęsa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1983 Raul Alfonsin inaugurated as Argentina's 1st civilian president
  • 1984 1st "planet" outside our solar system discovered

Nobel Prize

1984 South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is presented with his Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1984 WNSY-AM in Newport News VA returns from WGH
  • 1985 Bill to balance the federal budget passed by US Congress
  • 1986 France performs nuclear test

Nobel Prize

1986 Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1989 President Gustav Husak of Czechoslovakia, resigns
  • 1990 Hindu-Muslim rebellion in Hyderabad-Aligargh India, 140 die
  • 1990 Soyuz TM-10 lands
  • 1990 Space Shuttle STS 35 (Columbia 11) lands
  • 1991 Jackie Martling walks off of Howard Stern show for 1 day
  • 1992 Orlanda Magic scores 14 3-pointers (2 shy of record)
  • 1993 Dow Jones hits record 3740.67
  • 1994 European Campaign against Racism "All different, All equal" begins
  • 1995 Muralitharan takes 2-224 in Australian innings of 5-617
  • 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 Indian Professor Amartya Sen is awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to welfare economics

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

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"

  • 2006 One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.

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 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 Google begins selling US$99 laptops
  • 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%
  • 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
  • 2014 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology awarded to John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser for their discoveries of nerve cells in the brain that enable a sense of place and navigation [1]
  • 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)
  • 2015 Scientists at Cornell University announce world's first IVF puppies successfully born from a surrogate dog
  • 2016 Terrorist bomb attacks outside a stadium in Istanbul kill 38 and injure 166

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

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

  • 2019 1st fully electric commercial plane, a retro-fitted seaplane, completes test flight in Vancouver
  • 2019 Australian car maker Holden announces an end to Commodore production after 41 years
  • 2019 Shooting at a New Jersey cemetery and a kosher supermarket leaves six dead, including the two shooters, in suspected anti-Semitic attack
  • 2019 Sydney, Australia, blanketed in smoke from nearby bush fires pushing air quality to 11 times hazardous levels
  • 2021 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, London, England: Europe retains trophy with an 11-6 win over US; MVP: Jayson Shaw (Scotland)
  • 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
  • 2022 Tens of thousands of people protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, against the government demanding resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and new elections amid cost of living crisis [1]