Third Vicar appointed to Shaftsbury, England, to replace those who died of plague
Paolo Uccello, Florentine painter, dies
Machiavelli completes "The Prince"
Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face excommunication.
Battista Guarini, Italian court poet, playwright born
Sir Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham, alleged paramours of Katherine Howard, executed
German theologian Caspar Schwenkfeld, a reformer who fell out of favor with the "mainstream" Reformation movement, dies.
Captain John Smith captured by Indians
Francis Gallaudet, founder of the first free school for the deaf born
William Lloyd Garrison, an abolitionist and journalist who eventually rejected Christianity because of the indifference of clergy to slavery. born
Mississippi is admitted as the 20th state.
Cesar Franck, Liege, Belgium. He would become an acclaimed organist and a popular professor at the Paris Conservatoire, though his compositions were sometimes controversial. Today we remember Franck mostly for his Symphony in D. born
Scottish writer and poet George MacDonald, whose fairy tales and mythopoetic novels inspired C.S. Lewis and others. born
Poet Emily Dickinson born
Librarian Melvil Dewey born
Kentucky is admitted to the Confederate States of America.
U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill creating the state of West Virginia.
Governor John Campbell signs the bill that grants women in the Wyoming Territory the right to vote as well as hold public office.
Intercollegiate basketball was played for the first time as Wesleyan University defeated Yale 4-3 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Spain signed a treaty officially ending the Spanish-American War. It gave Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines to the United States.
1st distribution of Nobel Peace Prizes
The Gift of the Magi is published - author O Henry.
President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
French composer Olivier Messiaen, born in Avignon (died 1992). born
Puccini's opera "Girl of the Golden West," which is about the Gold Rush, premiered in New York. Caruso sang the male lead.
TV newscaster Chet Huntley born
American composer and conductor, Morton Gould, born in Richmond Hill, New York. born
Actress Dorothy Lamour born
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Red Cross.
U.S. troops are called to guard Berlin as a coup is feared.
Famed radio announcer, George Hay introduced the "WSM Barn Dance" this night as, "The Grand Ole Opry."
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra recorded the haunting, "Mood Indigo" on Victor Records this day. It became one of the Duke's most famous standards.
Former Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter born
Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the first American woman so honored.
Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. His brother succeeded to the throne as King George VI.
Russian conductor, Yuri Temirkanov. He was appointed director of Leningrad Philharmonic in 1988. born
Actress Fionnula Flannagan born
Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines.
Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) born
Actress-singer Gloria Loring born
Pop-funk musician Walter "Clyde" Orange (The Commodores) born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tavares born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) born
The UN General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
150,000 French troops mass at the border in Vietnam to prevent a Chinese invasion.
Ralph J. Bunche was presented the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award.
Country singer Johnny Rodriguez born
With an investment of $7,600, Hugh Hefner published the first "Playboy" magazine
Harry Belafonte debuted on Broadway in "Almanac", at the Imperial Theatre. Critics hailed Belafonte's performance as "electrifyingly sincere". Also starring in the show: Hermione Gingold, Billy DeWolfe, Polly Bergen and Orson Bean.
The first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the US as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York to Miami in about two and a-half hours.
Actor-director Kenneth Branagh born
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior received the Nobel Peace Prize during ceremonies in Oslo, Norway.
Rock singer-musician J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) born
Singer Otis Redding died in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin.
Country singer Kevin Sharp born
Rock musician Scot (cq) Alexander (Dishwalla) born
On 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 Moscows Pushkin Square. Soviet newspapers decry human rights violations elsewhere in the world.
Violinist Sarah Chang born
Actress Raven-Symone born
Exxon announced the sale of its Manhattan landmark - the 53-story Exxon Building - to a Japanese real estate developer. The price tag was $610 million.
President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev concluded three days of summit talks in Washington.
Violinist Jascha Heifetz died in Los Angeles at age 86.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev visited the republic of Armenia, the scene of a devastating earthquake that had killed an estimated 25,000 people.
Czechoslovakia's president, Gustav Husak, resigned after swearing in a coalition cabinet in which Communists were relegated to a minority role.
A stand-in for Mikhail Gorbachev accepted the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize. Industrialist
Armand Hammer died at age 92. The space shuttle Columbia returned from its 10th mission.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Norplant, a long-acting contraceptive implant.
President-elect Clinton announced his first Cabinet selections, including Lloyd Bentsen to be treasury secretary and Leon Panetta to be budget director.
Oregon Senator Bob Packwood apologized for what he called "unwelcome and offensive" actions toward women, but refused to resign.
South African President F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela accepted their Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
The crew of the space shuttle "Endeavour" deployed the repaired Hubble Space Telescope into Earth orbit.
The Juilliard Symphony performed under Miguel Harth-Bedoya at New York's Lincoln Center. John Sherer soloed in the Poulenc "Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani," and the closer was Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" Symphony.
Advertising executive Thomas Mosser of North Caldwell, New Jersey, was killed by a mail bomb blamed on the Unabomber.
Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of healing the anguished Middle East.
The first group of U.S. Marines arrived in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to join NATO soldiers sent to enforce peace in the former Yugoslavia.
Roman Catholic Bishop Filipe Ximenes Belo and exiled activist Jose Ramos Horta, opponents of Indonesia's occupation of East Timor, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
On International Human Rights Day, President Clinton urged the Senate to embrace a 17-year-old treaty barring abuses against women.
The Supreme Court narrowed double-jeopardy protections for people who face both civil fines and criminal prosecution for the same conduct, ruling that three Oklahoma men could be prosecuted in a bank failure case even though they'd already paid civil fines for their actions.
Six astronauts jubilantly swung open the doors to the new international space station, becoming the first guests aboard the 250-mile-high outpost.
The Palestinian leadership scrapped constitutional clauses rejecting Israel's existence.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee lined up one by one in favor of impeaching President Clinton; Democrats vowed opposition after lawyers clashed in closing arguments over alleged "high crimes and misdemeanors."
After three years under suspicion as a spy for China, computer scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with removing secrets from secure computers at the Los Alamos weapons lab. (Lee was later freed after pleading guilty to one count of downloading restricted data to tape; 58 other counts were dropped.)
More than 2 million people marched in Cuba to demand the return of Elian Gonzalez.
Death claimed Croatian President Franjo Tudjman at age 77
Rock singer-musician Rick Danko at age 56, and actress Shirley Hemphill at age 52 , both died on this day.
Business Brief for December 10, 2005
Australian activists break into Pine Gap spy facility
Bush threatens U.N. over Clinton climate speech
Muslim youth to guard Christian churches in Indonesia
Confidence building reported between Iranian and Israeli citizens
Airplane crashes in Nigeria
Former U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy dies
Mozilla to fix Firefox security hole in patch
Pakistan bans kite flying
Turkish islamic militant claims interrogation and torture by CIA agents
Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65
Football: World Cup Draw for 2006
Russia considering libel suits over reporting on Litvinenko
Discovery launches after scrubbed attempt
New Ishaqi controversy set off by US air raid
Canadian jazz star Diana Krall gives birth to twin boys
Home Secretary says about 30 major conspiracies threaten UK this Christmas
Japan opposes resumption of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program
Planets Jupiter, Mercury and Mars line up, visible to naked eye
New Zealand minister calls for ban on using mobile phones while driving
Second H5N1 infection reported in China; human to human transmission possible
Anthrax scare a hoax for two New Zealand media agencies
Overclocking experts gather in the Intel Overclocking Live Test in Taiwan
Putin backs Medvedev as United Russia party's candidate
Anarchists threaten "mayhem" at 2010 Olympics
Hugo ChÃ¡vez sets new time zone for Venezuela
Seven prisoners die in mortar attack on Iraqi prison
Former 'American Idol' finalist Jessica Sierra not allowed to perform for US troops
Africa-Europe summit concludes with mixed results
Nobel prize winner Al Gore urges US and China to do more about global warming
Entertainers and sportspeople make their stops at Taipei IT Month
Formula One set to see standardised engines
Riots in Greece enter fourth night
Somali pirates release Greek ship, 19 sailors
Football: Ronaldo to play for Corinthians
Small British island gets first democratic election
Alleged 9-11 conspirators withdraw offer of guilty pleas
Ghanaian presidential elections go to run-off
Danish unofficial draft version of UNCCC treaty leaks, G77 reacts sharply
'World' stops turning for longest-running US soap opera
Official: Iraqi elections now set for March 7
Oxford to use online voting for Professor of Poetry election
2009â10 UEFA Champions League: Round of 16 field set
Monster waves make way for rare surfing competition
Australian rules football: West Gippsland Latrobe Football League becomes Gippsland Football League as Wonthaggi concedes move
Thousands of Indonesians protest against corruption
Hubble telescope spots oldest galaxies ever seen
Leaked cables cause Australian concern
SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launches for the first time