On Your Birthday: December 10



1817 – Mississippi becomes the 20th state.

1845 – British civil engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic tires.

1869 – Women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory.

1884 – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published.

1901 – The first Nobel prizes were awarded.

1906 – President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

1927 – The Grand Old Opry made its first radio broadcast from Nashville, TN.

1931 – Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she was the first American woman to do so.

1953 – Hugh Hefner published the first “Playboy” magazine with an investment of $7,600.

1955 – “Mighty Mouse Playhouse” premieres on television.

1958 – The first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the United States when 111 passengers flew from New York, NY, to Miami, FL, on a National Airlines Boeing 707.

1963 – President Lyndon Johnson calls on Congress to pass civil rights legislation without delay, saying “the issue cannot be ignored for another 100 years or even another 100 days.”

1963 – Donny Osmond made his debut with the Osmonds on NBC’s television show “The Andy Williams Show.”

1965 – Sugar Ray Robinson permanently retires from boxing. By winning the middleweight title five times, he had more successful title bouts to his credit than any fighter in history.

1984 – The single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was released by Band-Aid. The group was assembled to aid in famine relief.

1990 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the long-acting contraceptive implant Norplant.

1991 – Alan Freed, the legendary disc jockey who coined the term “rock and roll,” gets a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993 – The crew of the space shuttle Endeavor deployed the repaired Hubble Space Telescope into Earth’s orbit.

1994 – Advertising executive Thomas Mosser of North Caldwell, NJ, was killed by a mail bomb that was blamed on the Unabomber.

1998 – 250 miles above the Earth, six astronauts opened the doors to the new International Space Station.

2008 – Gary Sinise, who played the fictional Lieutenant Dan in “Forrest Gump”, receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George Bush in the Oval Office.



Fionnula Flannagan 1941 – Actress (“Waking Ned”, “The Others”, “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”)

Tommy Kirk 1941 – Actor (“Old Yeller”, “The Shaggy Dog”, “The Swiss Family Robinson”, “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones”)

Gloria Loring 1946 – Actress, singer (TV’s “Days of Our Lives”)

Johnny Rodriguez 1951 – Country Singer (“You Always Come Back to Hurting Me”, “Desperado”)

Susan Dey 1952 – Actress (TV’s “L.A. Law,” “The Partridge Family”, movies “Echo Park”, “Looker”)

Kenneth Branagh 1960 – Actor, director (“Henry V”, “Swan Song”, “Celebrity”, “The Gingerbread Man”, “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”, “Wild Wild West”, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”)

Nia Peeples 1961 – Actress, TV host (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, host “Party Machine”)

Bobby Flay 1964 – TV chef

Emmanuelle Chriqui 1977 – Actress (“You Don’t Mess With the Zohan”, “Detroit Rock City”, TV’s “Murder in the First”, “The Mentalist”, “Entourage”)

Summer Phoenix 1978 – Actress (“Wasted”, “The Laramie Project”, “SLC Punk!”, “Dinner Rush”, “The Believer”, “The Faculty”)

Xavier Samuel 1983 – Actor (“September”, “Further We Search”, “Newcastle”, “The Loved Ones”, “Frankenstein”, “A Few Best Men”, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, “Spin Out”)

Raven Symoné 1985 – Actress (TV’s “That’s So Raven,” “The Cosby Show”, movies “For One Night”, “The Cheetah Girls”, “Dr. Dolittle”)



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