December 10: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, December 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state admitted to the Union?

December 10th observes Lager Day as well as Dewey Decimal System Day.

Welcome to the 344th day of the year! We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year with only 21 days left of 2023.

Is today your birthday? If so, get clued up on all the interesting things that happened on this special day! If it’s not your birthday, that’s still fine, we won’t stop you from looking!

Did you know that on this day in 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state admitted to the Union? Several Native American tribes still occupied the state at this point.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 10th in history!

What Events Happened On December 10 In History?

2005 Cristina Fernandez was sworn in as Argentina’s first elected female president.

2001 The first Lord of the Rings film installment, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” directed by Peter Jackson, premiered in London.

OTD in 2001: The first Lord of the Rings film installment

1968 One of the biggest heists in Japan occurred.

Almost 3,000,000 yen was stolen in transport by a man dressed as a police officer. An investigation went on for seven years with no arrests. In 1988, the thief was relieved of the legal liability giving him a chance to tell his story without legal repercussions; however, no one came forward.

1953 Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel prize in Literature.

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1936 Edward VIII signed to abdicate the British throne.

Edward VIII signed his Declaration of Abdication so that he could marry Wallis Simpson – an American divorcee, a marriage which was opposed by the United Kingdom government.

1911 Calbraith Rodgers completed the first crossing of the US by airplane in 84 days.

1901 The First Nobel Peace Prizes were awarded to the Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy.

1898 The Treaty of Paris was signed.

Signed by US President McKinley, this treaty brought an end to the Spanish-American War. It ended with the US acquiring the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

1884 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was first published in the UK and Canada.

OTD in 1884: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was first published in the UK and Canada.

1817 Mississippi was admitted to the Union, making it the 20th American state.

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1768 The first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was published.

1684 Isaac Newton’s calculations and theories based on Kepler’s laws were read to the Royal Society in London.

Newton's manuscript, called "De motu corporum in gyrum," was read to the Royal Society by Edmond Halley after visiting Newton earlier that year. Halley encouraged Newton to continue his calculations and refine his theories, through which Newton developed many theories of physics we still use today.

1520 Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict, demanding that he recant.

OTD in 1520: Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict

The decree, written by the Pope, threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther unless he renounced his teachings.

1317 King Berger of Sweden celebrated Christmas with his brothers before throwing them in his dungeons to die.

The king's brothers, dukes Eric and Valdemar, had attempted to stage a coup against the king in 1310. King Berger invited his brothers to the Christmas banquet under the pretense of reconciliation. In reality, he'd planned the demise of his brothers for years. On the night of the feast, he threw Eric and Valdemar into his dungeons to starve to death.

Famous Quotes Said On December 10

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on December 10th.


“Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.”

– John Steinbeck


“Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating.”

– Albert Camus

Famous People Born On December 10

If you were born on this day, you share your birthday with Xavier Samuel. Find out who else was born on December 10th below!

1985 Raven-Symoné

American Singer

37 years old
Born In:
Georgia, USA

1990 Teyana Taylor

American Singer

Teyana Taylor
32 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1992 Melissa Roxburgh

Canadian Actress

Melissa Roxburgh
30 years old
Born In:
British Columbia, Canada

1983 Xavier Samuel

Australian Actor

Xavier Samuel
39 years old
Born In:
Victoria, Australia

Special Holidays On December 10

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

December 10: National Lager Day

National Lager Day

There’s nothing more refreshing on a scorching hot day than an ice-cold lager. If you don’t drink alcohol, no worries. There are plenty of brilliant alcohol-free lagers available these days, so let’s all raise a glass today to lager. Cheers!

December 10: Dewey Decimal System Day

Dewey Decimal System Day

If you’re a fan of libraries, today is a pretty big deal! In 1876 Melvil Dewey created a system for organizing libraries that was so good we still use it around the world today. So celebrate Dewey Decimal System Day by heading to your local library and appreciating how organized it is!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Ketchup originated from attempts to recreate Fish Sauce – which is made from fermented fish!

December 10 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on December 10, your star sign is Sagittarius.

Sagittarians should focus their attention on making longer-term plans with friends or loved ones. See how you feel after you accomplish this feat – others will certainly notice it.

The Blue Topaz birthstone is given to people born in December. The icy-blue topaz provides special healing powers to those who wear it by recharging the body, mind, and spirit.

People born on this day were likely conceived on or around March 19 in the same year.

The due date for babies conceived on December 10, 2023, is around September 2, 2024.

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