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Today in History - Dec. 10

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

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For release Sunday, Dec. 10

Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2006. There are 21 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

One hundred years ago, on Dec. 10, 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.

On this date:

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

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

In 1896, Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel prizes, died in San Remo, Italy, at age 63.

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

In 1948, the U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche was presented the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award.

In 1958, the first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the U.S. as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York to Miami in about 2½ hours.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1967, singer Otis Redding died in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin.

In 1986, human rights advocate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ten years ago: 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.

Five years ago: President Bush told reporters a videotape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader talked happily about the Sept. 11 attacks “just reminded me of what a murderer he is.” Secretary-General Kofi Annan accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of himself and the United Nations.

One year ago: A Nigerian jetliner crashed while landing in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, killing all but three of the 110 people on board. Chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy died in Washington, D.C., at age 89. Actor-comedian Richard Pryor died in Encino, Calif., at age 65. Southern California running back Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Harold Gould is 83. Former Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter is 76. Actor Tommy Kirk is 65. Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 65. Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) is 65. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 60. Pop-funk musician Walter “Clyde” Orange (The Commodores) is 60. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tavares is 58. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) is 58. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is

55. Actress Susan Dey is 54. Actor Michael Clarke Duncan is 49. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 49. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 46. Actress Nia Peeples is 45. TV chef Bobby Flay is 42. Rock singer-musician J Mascis is 41. Country singer Kevin Sharp is 36. Rock musician Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) is 35. Violinist Sarah Chang is 26. Actress Raven is 21.

Thought for Today: “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.” — William Ashley “Billy” Sunday, American evangelist (1862-1935).