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On this day in history - December 10

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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
December 10

  • 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

    American poet

  • 1815 Ada Lovelace

    English mathematician

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Deaths On This Day,
December 10

  • 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

    English author

  • 1896 Alfred Nobel

    Swedish chemist, engineer, invented dynamite, founded the Nobel Prize