December 10

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1817 – Mississippi became 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 – The cartoon “Mighty Mouse Playhouse” premiered 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.

1962 – The movie “Lawrence of Arabia” debuted in theaters and went on to win an Oscar for Best Picture.

1963 – President Lyndon Johnson called 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 the NBC television show “The Andy Williams Show.”

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

1978 – The film, “Superman: The Movie”, starring Christopher Reeves premiered in theaters.  The film cost $55 million to make, and was the most expensive movie ever made at that time.

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,” got 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.

1999 – The movie “The Green Mile”, starring Tom Hanks, premiered in theaters.

2001 – The movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” premiered in theaters.

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

2009 – James Cameron’s sci-fi movie “Avatar” premiered in theaters in London, becoming the highest grossing movie ever at the time.

2016 – The movie “Rogue One: The Star Wars Story” debuted in theaters.

2017 – Detroit Tigers Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.



Fionnula Flanagan – 82 years old (1941) – Actress (“Waking Ned”, “The Others”, “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”)

Gloria Loring – 77 years old (1946) – Actress, singer (TV’s “Days of Our Lives”)

Johnny Rodriguez – 72 years old (1951) – Country Singer (“You Always Come Back to Hurting Me”, “Desperado”)

Susan Dey – 71 years old (1952) – Actress (TV’s “L.A. Law,” Played Laurie on “The Partridge Family”, movies “Echo Park”, “Looker”)

Kenneth Branagh – 63 years old (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 – 62 years old (1961) – Actress, TV host (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, host “Party Machine”)

Bobby Flay – 59 years old (1964) – TV chef

Emmanuelle Chriqui – 48 years old (1975) – Actress (“You Don’t Mess With the Zohan”, “Detroit Rock City”, TV’s “Murder in the First”, “The Mentalist”, “Entourage”)

Summer Phoenix – 45 years old (1978) – Actress (“Wasted”, “The Laramie Project”, “SLC Punk!”, “Dinner Rush”, “The Believer”, “The Faculty”)

Xavier Samuel – 40 years old (1983) – Actor (“September”, “Further We Search”, “Newcastle”, “The Loved Ones”, “Frankenstein”, “A Few Best Men”, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, “Spin Out”)

Raven-Symoné – 38 years old (1985) – Actress (TV’s “That’s So Raven,” “The Cosby Show”, movies “For One Night”, “The Cheetah Girls”, “Dr. Dolittle”)



Dewey Decimal System Day

Gingerbread Decorating Day

Human Rights Day

International Animal Rights Day

International Shareware Day

National Lager Day

Nobel Prize Day


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