Today in History
December 10
1817Mississippi is admitted as the 20th state.
1861Kentucky is admitted to the Confederate States of America.
1862The U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill creating the state of West Virginia.
1869Governor John Campbell signs the bill that grants women in Wyoming Territory the right to vote as well as hold public office.
1898The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris, ceding Spanish possessions, including the Philippines, to the United States.
1917The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Red Cross.
1918U.S. troops are called to guard Berlin as a coup is feared.
1919Captain Ross Smith becomes the first person to fly 11,500 miles from England to Australia.
1936Edward VIII abdicates to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American-born divorcee.
1941Japanese troops invade the Philippine island of Luzon.
1941The siege of Tobruk in North Africa is raised.
1943Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill that postpones a draft of pre-Pearl Harbor fathers.
1943Allied forces bomb Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
1949150,000 French troops mass at the border in Vietnam to prevent a Chinese invasion.
1950Dr. Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first African-American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1977On UN Human Rights Day, the Soviet Union places 20 prominent dissidents under house arrest, cutting off telephones and threatening to break up a planned silent demonstration in Moscow's Pushkin Square. Soviet newspapers decry human rights violations elsewhere in the world.

Born on December 10
1830Emily Dickinson, American poet of more than 1,000 poems, seven published in her lifetime.
1851Melvil Dewey, American librarian who created the Dewey Decimal System.
1881Viscount Alexander of Tunis, British soldier who took his title from his part in the Allied victories in North Africa.
1891Nelly Sachs, Nobel Prize-winning poet.
1903Mary Norton, English children's author (Bedknobs and Broomsticks).
1907Rumor Godden, English novelist (Black Narcissus).
1908Oliver Messian, French composer (Quartet for the End of Time).
1911Chester "Chet" Huntley, American broadcast journalist.

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