December 10: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 10




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

Welcome to the 345th day of the year! We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year with only 21 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about December 10th in history!


What memorable events happened on December 10 in history? Keep reading to find out!


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


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


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.


Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel prize in Literature.


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.


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

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


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


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.


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.


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


The first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was published.


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.


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.


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 Births

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







38 years old

Born In:

Georgia, USA


Teyana Taylor



Teyana Taylor


33 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Melissa Roxburgh



Melissa Roxburgh


31 years old

Born In:

British Columbia, Canada


Xavier Samuel



Xavier Samuel


40 years old

Born In:

Victoria, Australia


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

John Steinbeck

American Author


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

Albert Camus

French Philosopher

Special Holidays

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
United States

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
United States

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!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

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

Birthday & Zodiac

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, 2024, is around September 2, 2025.


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