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Today in History Today is Friday December 10, the 344th day of 2021. There are 21 days left in…

Today in history

Today is Friday, December 10, the 344th day of 2021. There are 21 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On December 10, 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to continue their mission of healing the distressed Middle East.

To this date :

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

In 1861, the Confederacy admitted Kentucky because it recognized a pro-South shadow state government that acted without the authority of the pro-Union government in Frankfurt.

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

In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche received the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first black American to receive this prize.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, claiming he had accepted it “with unwavering faith in America and daring faith in the future of mankind.”

In 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six other people were killed when their plane crashed into Lake Monona in Wisconsin; trumpeter Ben Cauley, a member of the Bar-Kays, was the only survivor.

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

In 2005, actor-comedian Richard Pryor died in Encino, California, aged 65.

In 2006, the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet died at the age of 91.

In 2007, former Vice President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize calling on humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment.

In 2013, South Africa hosted a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, in which US President Barack Obama energized tens of thousands of spectators and nearly 100 visiting heads of state by urging the world to emulate ” the last great liberator of the twentieth century. “(The ceremony was marred by the presence of a sign language interpreter who deaf advocates said was an impostor waving his arms senselessly.) General Motors has appointed Mary Barra, product manager, its new CEO, making her the first woman to run an American auto company.

In 2019, House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, declaring that he had “betrayed the nation” with his actions towards Ukraine and obstructing the congressional investigation; Trump responded with a tweet of “WITCH HUNT! At an evening rally in Pennsylvania, Trump mocked the impeachment effort and predicted it would lead to his re-election in 2020.

Ten years ago: Tens of thousands of Russians staged anti-government protests, accused of electoral fraud and demanding an end to Vladimir Putin’s regime. Robert Griffin III defeated preseason favorite Andrew Luck to win the Heisman Trophy.

Five years ago: Donald Trump’s presidential transition team challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia tried to tip the November election in its favor. Louisiana voters chose to send Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy to the nation’s capital, occupying the last seat of the U.S. Senate and giving the GOP a 52-48 advantage in the chamber when the new term began . In college football, Army ended 14 years of frustration against Navy with a 21-17 victory. Second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy.

A year ago: A U.S. government advisory group endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, putting the country away from launching an epic vaccination campaign. (The Food and Drug Administration would clear the vaccine the next day.) States made plans to determine who would receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as the country’s death toll from the pandemic surpassed 3,100 in only one day for the first time. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has responded to calls from US athletes by announcing it will not penalize them for raising their fists or kneeling on the platform at the Tokyo Games and beyond. Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to shift approximately $ 8 million from the police department to violence prevention and other programs, while keeping the mayor’s target staffing levels for sworn officers intact. .

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 80 years old. Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) Actor-singer Gloria Loring is 75 years old. Pop-funk musician Walter “Clyde” Orange (The Commodores) is 75 years old. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 70 years old. Actor Susan Dey is 69 years old. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is 65. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 64 years old. Actor John York (TV: “General Hospital”) is 63 years old. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh (BRAH’-nah) is 61 years old. Actor Nia Peeples is 60 years old. Television chief Bobby Flay is 57 years old. Rock singer-musician J Mascis is 56 years old. Rock musician Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) is 50 years old. Actor-comedian Arden Myrin is 48 years old. Rock musician Meg White (The White Stripes) is 47 years old. Actor Emmanuelle Chriqui is 46 years old. Actor Gavin Houston is 44 years old. Actor Alano Miller is 42 years old. Violinist Sarah Chang is 41 years old. Actor Patrick John Flueger is 38 years old. Country singer Meghan Linsey is 36 years old. Actor Raven-Symone is 36 years old. Actor / singer Teyana Taylor is 31 years old. Actor Kiki Layne is 30 years old.

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