Today in History

Published 12:01 am Monday, December 10, 2018

Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2018. There are 21 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 10, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, saying he accepted it “with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.”

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In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union.

In 1869, women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory.

In 1898, a treaty was signed in Paris officially ending the Spanish-American War.

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

In 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; the co-recipient was Nicholas Murray Butler.

In 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin’s Lake Monona; one passenger, Ben Cauley, survived.

In 1987, President Ronald 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.

In 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of healing the anguished Middle East.

In 1995, the first group of U-S Marines arrived in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to join NATO soldiers sent to enforce peace in former Yugoslavia.

In 1996, South African President Nelson Mandela signed the country’s new constitution into law during a ceremony in Sharpeville.

In 2005, former Senator Eugene McCarthy died in Washington, D.C., at age 89; actor-comedian Richard Pryor died in Encino, California, at age 65.

In 2007, suspended NFL star Michael Vick was sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond, Virginia, to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed (Vick served 19 months at Leavenworth). Former Vice President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment.

Ten years ago: Defying calls for his resignation, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) showed up for work on his 52nd birthday despite charges he’d schemed to enrich himself by offering to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat. The House approved a plan, 237-170, to speed $14 billion in loans to Detroit’s automakers. U.S. Special Forces killed six Afghan police in a case of mistaken identity by both sides after the police fired on the Americans during an operation against an insurgent commander.

Five years ago: South Africa held a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, during which U.S. President Barack Obama energized tens of thousands of spectators and nearly 100 visiting heads of state with a plea for the world to emulate “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” (The ceremony was marred by the presence of a sign-language interpreter who deaf advocates said was an impostor waving his arms around meaninglessly.) General Motors named product chief Mary Barra its new CEO, making her the first woman to run a U.S. car company.

One year ago: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL during the team’s win over the Rams; backup Nick Foles rallied the Eagles to a victory that secured the NFC East title. (Foles and the Eagles would go on to win the Super Bowl.) Wearing a face mask, actor Rob Lowe live-streamed the evacuation of his family from one of the homes threatened by a massive Southern California wildfire.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Tommy Kirk is 77. Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 77. Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) is 77. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tavares is 77. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 72. Pop-funk musician Walter “Clyde” Orange (The Commodores) is 72. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 67. Actress Susan Dey is 66. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is 62. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 61. Actor John York (TV: “General Hospital”) is 60. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh (BRAH’-nah) is 58. Actress Nia Peeples is 57. TV chef Bobby Flay is 54. Rock singer-musician J Mascis is 53. Rock musician Scot (cq) Alexander (Dishwalla) is 47. Actress-comedian Arden Myrin is 45. Rock musician Meg White (The White Stripes) is 44. Actress Emmanuelle Chriqui is 43. Rapper Kuniva (D12) is 43. Actor Gavin Houston is 41. Actor Alano Miller is 39. Violinist Sarah Chang is 38. Rock musician Noah Harmon (Airborne Toxic Event) is 37. Actor Patrick John Flueger is 35. Country singer Meghan Linsey is 33. Actress Raven-Symone is 33.