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1520Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant

1684Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.

1864General Sherman's armies reach Savannah & 12 day siege begins

1901First Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays

1903Nobel for physics awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie

1906Pres Theodore Roosevelt (1st American) awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1907Ruyard kipling receives Nobel prize for literature

1910Johannes van der Waals wins Nobel Prize for physics

1920August Krogh is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the regulation mechanisms of capillaries in skeletal muscle

1922Nobel prizes awarded to Fridtjof Nansen, Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein

1925George Bernard Shaw awarded Nobel prize

19262nd part of Hitler's Mein Kampf published

1929Bradman scores 225 in 2nd inn of Test Cricket trial after 124 in 1st

1931Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

1936Britain replaces King Edward VIII stamp series with King George VI

1936Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up British throne to marry Wallis Simpson

1942Hitler names Mussert "leader of Netherland people"

1946German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

1954Linus Pauling wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

1960Willard Libby wins the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work developing carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating).

1961Robert Hofstadter and Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and discoveries concerning the structure of the nucleon

1963Karl Ziegler and Giulio Natta receive the 1963 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the technology of high polymers

1964Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo

1968Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1975Andrei Sakharov's wife Yelena Bonner, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize

1978In Oslo, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

1982Heavyweight Michael Doakes KOs Mike Weaver in 1:03 in Las Vegas

1986Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepts 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

1991Howard Spira sentenced to 2½ years in prison for trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner

1994Nobel prize awarded to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres & Yasser Arafat

On This Day In History
Date Event
Dec 10, 741
Zacharias becomes Pope 
Dec 10, 1041
Michael IV, Paphlagonicus, Byzantium Emperor dies of results of dropsy. His wife Empress Zoe elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V. 
Dec 10, 1294
Pope Coelestinus V becomes Pope (until Dec 13th) 
Dec 10, 1508
League of the kingdom signed (covenant against Venice) 
Dec 10, 1520
Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant 
Dec 10, 1582
France begins use of Gregorian calendar 
Dec 10, 1652
Sea battle at Dungeness: lt-admiral Maarten Tromp beats English fleet 
Dec 10, 1672
NY Gov Lovelace announces monthly mail service between NY & Boston 
Dec 10, 1684
Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley. 
Dec 10, 1688
King James II flees London 
Dec 10, 1690
Mass Bay becomes 1st American colonial goverment to borrow money 
Dec 10, 1745
Bonnie Prince Charlie's army reaches Manchester 
Dec 10, 1799
Metric system adopted in France, first country to do so 
Dec 10, 1810
Tom Cribb (GB) beats Tom Molineaus (US-Negro) in 1st interracial boxing championship (40 rounds) 
Dec 10, 1816
Dutch regain Sumatra 
Dec 10, 1817
Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union 
Dec 10, 1831
"Spirit of the Times" begins publishing (weekly horse racing sheet) 
Dec 10, 1836
Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia. 
Dec 10, 1864
General Sherman's armies reach Savannah & 12 day siege begins 
Dec 10, 1868
The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps. 
Dec 10, 1869
Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st) 
Dec 10, 1869
The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded at the University of Virginia. 
Dec 10, 1882
John Brahms' "Gesang der the Parzen" premieres 
Dec 10, 1887
Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign Balkan military treaty 
Dec 10, 1896
1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3) 
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