Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 10, 2007
The United Nations
deadline for a negotiated settlement on the future of Kosovo
passes without an international agreement.
Friday, December 10, 2004
bans smoking in all public places, including bars.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in New York, reversed a lower court ruling that found the federal death penalty unconstitutional because it amounted to the state-sponsored murder of innocent people.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked the accreditation of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, for financial irregularities.
Wednesday, December 10, 1997
Friday, December 10, 1993
A variety of Soviet space program paraphernalia are put to auction in Sotheby's New York, and sell for a total of US$6.8M. One of the items is Lunokhod 1 and its spacecraft Luna 17 they sell for $68,500.
Saturday, December 10, 1983
Thursday, December 10, 1981
Friday, December 10, 1976
Tuesday, December 10, 1968
Thursday, December 10, 1964
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
Tuesday, December 10, 1963
In the United States, the X-20 Dyna-Soar spaceplane
program is cancelled. Also on this date: Chuck Yeager
while testing an NF-104A rocket-augmented aerospace trainer, he narrowly escaped death when his aircraft went out of control at 108,700 feet (nearly 21 miles up) and crashed. He parachuted to safety at 8,500 feet after vainly battling to gain control of the powerless, rapidly falling craft. In this incident he became the first pilot to make an emergency ejection in the full pressure suit needed for high altitude flights.”
Monday, December 10, 1962
The Mona Lisa
by Leonardo da Vinci
" was assessed for insurance
purposes at US$100 million, before the painting toured the United States for several months. It is the highest insurance
value for a painting in history. However, the Louvre
chose to spend the money that would have been spent on the insurance
premium on security instead.
The last execution by hanging in Canada takes place.
U.S. spacecraft Mariner 2 flies by Venus, becoming the first probe to successfully transmit data from another planet.
David Lean's epic film "Lawrence of Arabia", featuring Peter O' Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, and Anthony Quinn premieres in London. Six days later, it opens in the U.S.
In West Germany, a coalition government of Christian Democrats, Christian Socialists, and Free Democrats is formed.
Sunday, December 10, 1961
The Vietnam War
officially begins, as the first American helicopters arrive in Saigon along with 400 U.S. personnel.
Tuesday, December 10, 1957
Thursday, December 10, 1953
Saturday, December 10, 1949
Robert Menzies elected prime minister of Australia.
Friday, December 10, 1948
Sunday, December 10, 1944
Legendary Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini
leads a concert performance of the first half of Beethoven
" (minus its spoken dialogue) on NBC
Radio, starring Rose Bton
. He chooses this opera for its political message ndash a statement against tyranny and dictatorship. Conducting it in German, Toscanini intends it as a tribute to the German people who are being oppressed by Hitler. The second half is broadcast a week later. The performance is later released on LP and CD, the first of 7 operas that Toscanini conducts on radio.
Wednesday, December 10, 1941
WWII: The British battleship HMS "Prince of Wales" and battlecruiser HMS "Repulse" are sunk by Japanese aircraft in the South China Sea north of Singapore.
Thursday, December 10, 1936
December 11 ndash King Edward VIII signs an instrument of abdication at Fort Belvedere in the presence of his three brothers, The Duke of York, The Duke of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent.
: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek of the Republic of China is kidnapped by Zhang Xueliang.
Prince Albert, Duke of York, becomes King, reigning as King George VI
The abdicated King Edward VIII, now HRH Prince Edward, makes a broadcast to the nation explaining his decision to abdicate. He leaves the country for Austria
The King performs his last act as sovereign by giving royal assent to the Act.
Saturday, December 10, 1904
Wednesday, December 10, 1902
Saturday, December 10, 1898
Thursday, December 10, 1896
The premiere of Alfred Jarry's absurdist play "Ubu Roi" in Paris causes a near-riot.
Sunday, December 10, 1871
Friday, December 10, 1869
The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded at the University of Virginia.
The Wyoming territorial legislature gives women the right to vote, the first such law in the world.
Sunday, December 10, 1865
Tuesday, December 10, 1861
The British Empire establishes bases in Lagos to stop the slave trade.
American Civil War: Kentucky is accepted into the Confederate States of America.
Saturday, December 10, 1859
Mary Institute is founded.
Brisbane is declared the capital of newly separated colony Queensland, Australia.
Sunday, December 10, 1848
Wednesday, December 10, 1834
Sir Robert Peel succeeds Lord Melbourne as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Wednesday, December 10, 1817
Mississippi is admitted as the 20th U.S. state, formerly the Mississippi Territory.ref name=TNAn 1820 Claim to Congress: Alabama Territory : 1817, "The Intruders", TNGenNet Inc., 2001, quick webpage: //www.tngenweb.org/tnland/intruders/claim-537
The Pernambucan Revolt breaks out in Brazil.
King Ferdinand VII of Spain, by royal decree, makes the production and sale of tobacco a legal endeavor in Cuba, thus sparking the birth of the Cuban cigar industry.
Friday, December 10, 1790
The Hawkesbury and Nepean Wars
begins in New South Wales, Australia as a result of deterioration in relations and increasing colonization.
Saturday, December 10, 1768
Saturday, December 10, 1718
Stede Bonnet is hanged at Charleston after being recaptured.
Sunday, December 10, 1684
The Chipperfield's Circus dynasty begins when James Chipperfield introduces performing animals to England at the River Thames frost fairs on the Thames in London.
Pope Innocent XI forms a Holy League with the Habsburg Empire, Venice and Poland to end the Ottoman Turkish rule in Europe.
Japanese poet Saikaku composes 23,500 verses in 24 hours at the Sumiyoshi Shrine at Osaka the scribes cannot keep pace with his dictation and just "count" the verses.
Tokyo University, formally registered as a university in 1877, had its predecessor established.
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 Edmund Halley.
Saturday, December 10, 1616
Friday, November 30, 1520 (Julianian calendar)
Martin Luther writes "To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation".
Martin Luther burns a copy of "The Book of Canon Law" (see Canon Law) and his copy of the Papal bull "Exsurge Domine".
Thursday, November 30, 1508 (Julianian calendar)
The League of Cambrai is formed as an alliance against Venice between Pope Julius II, Louis XII of France, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor and Ferdinand II of Aragon.
Thursday, December 1, 1446 (Julianian calendar)
Nuno Tristão is killed by natives in the coast of Senegal.
Portuguese navigator Álvaro Fernandes reaches the mouth of the Casamance River in Senegal.
Friday, December 2, 1317 (Julianian calendar)
ndash King Birger of Sweden
has his brothers, Dukes Eric
, captured and thrown into a dungeon during the Nyköping Banquet
, as a revenge for their imprisonment of him in the Håtuna games
. As the dukes soon starve to death in the dungeon, their followers rebel against the king, throwing Sweden into civil war, in which the king is deposed in 1318
The Great Famine of 1315-1317 comes to an end.
Friday, December 4, 1041 (Julianian calendar)
Empress Zoe of Byzantium elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V.
The number of enlisted soldiers in the Song Dynasty Chinese military reaches well over 1,250,000 troops, an increase since 1022 when there were a million soldiers.
Edward the Confessor returns from exile to become the heir of Harthacanute.
Wednesday, December 6, 741 (Julianian calendar)
Saturday, December 10, 208
Cao Cao marches south with his army and captures the enemy fleet at Jiangling.