On This Day In History, 10 December


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World Events Today

  • The Encyclopedia Britannica, Latin for “British Encyclopedia”, went on sale for the first time today in 1768
  • Edward VIII signed a declaration of abdication today in 1936, giving up the British throne to his brother King George VI, so he could marry his lover Wallis Simpson
  • The Argentine lawyer and politician Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, became the first female elected president of Argentina today in 2007, she succeeded her husband Néstor Kirchner

Entertainment Events Today

  • Superman The Movie, starring Christopher Reeve, premiered today in 1978 in Washington, it went on general release in the following week
  • The Swedish tennis ace Björn Borg, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the BBC today in 2006, it was presented by former tennis ace Boris Becker
  • The American singer-songwriter and author Bob Dylan, won the Nobel Prize for Literature today in 2016, he failed to show up to the ceremony

Family Events Today

  • The British actor, director, film producer and screenwriter Kenneth Branagh, noted for his William Shakespeare productions, was born today in 1960 in Belfast
  • The American singer-songwriter Otis Reading, most famous for “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay”, died today in 1967 aged just 26
  • American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Richard Pryor, died today in 2005 aged 65

Main Event Today

  • The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for the first time today in 1901, to Frédéric Passy, main organizer of the Universal Peace Congress, and Henry Dunant, a founder of the Red Cross

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Lager Day

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