What Happened On This Day – December 10
2007 Argentina swears in first female elected President
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the first elected female President of Argentina.
2001 Release of the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy
The award winning movie called The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was directed by Peter Jackson and was based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
1948 U.N. General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The document proclaimed, for the first time, fundamental human rights were to be universally protected.
1901 First Nobel prize awarded
Five years after the death of Swedish chemist and inventor, Alfred Nobel's, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded.
1817 Mississippi becomes 20th state
Mississippi becomes the 20th state in the United States.
Births On This Day,
1956 Rod Blagojevich
American politician, 40th Governor of Illinois
1908 Olivier Messiaen
French composer, ornithologist
1878 C. Rajagopalachari
Indian lawyer, politician, 1st Governor General of India
1830 Emily Dickinson
1815 Ada Lovelace
Deaths On This Day,
2006 Augusto Pinochet
Chilean general, politician, 30th President of Chile
1999 Franjo Tuđman
Croatian general, politician, 1st President of Croatia
1967 Otis Redding
American singer-songwriter, producer
1951 Algernon Blackwood
1896 Alfred Nobel
Swedish chemist, engineer, invented dynamite, founded the Nobel Prize