On This Day December 10
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1830 – Poet Emily Dickinson (d. 1886)
1922 – Writer Agnes Nixon, the creative force behind groundbreaking soap operas “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” which introduced social awareness to daytime television (d. 2016)
1952 – Actress Susan Dey (“The Partridge Family,” “L.A. Law”)
1957 – Actor Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Green Mile,” “The Whole Nine Yards”) (d. 2012)
1960 – Emmy-winning actor-director Kenneth Branagh (“Henry V,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Hamlet,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “As You Like It,” “Thor,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “Dunkirk,” “Murder on the Orient Express”)
1961 – Singer-actress Nia Peeples (“Fame,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Pretty Little Liars”)
1964 – Celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay
1985 – Actress-singer Raven-Symoné, born Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman (“The Cosby Show,” “That’s So Raven,” “The Cheetah Girls”)
1898 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Spanish-American War. It effectively dissolves the Spanish empire with the United States taking over much of Spain’s overseas holdings. Puerto Rico and Guam are ceded to the U.S., the Philippines is purchased for $20 million, and Cuba becomes a U.S. protectorate.
1901 – The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. Named after Swedish scientist Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize is still considered the most prestigious international honor. Notable winners throughout the years have included Marie Curie, Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others.
1907 – An American scientist wins the Nobel Peace Prize for the first time. It’s University of Chicago physics professor Albert Michelson, known for his research into the speed of light and optics.
1950 – Diplomat, scholar and activist Dr. Ralph Bunche, a key member of the United Nations for more than two decades, becomes the first African-American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation efforts between Israel and neighboring Arab states in the late 1940s.
1999 – “The Cider House Rules,” starring Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron and Michael Caine, opens in movie theaters. Oscars go to Caine for Best Supporting Actor and John Irving for Best Adapted Screenplay.
1927 – The Grand Ole Opry produces its first radio broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee.
1966 – The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” composed by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Mike Love, tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a week. Costing about $60,000 to produce, it is the most expensive pop song ever recorded up to that time.
1967 – Soul legend Otis Redding dies in a Wisconsin plane crash three days after recording his biggest hit, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” He is just 26 years old.
1967 – Doors frontman Jim Morrison becomes the first rock star arrested on stage during a performance. It happens in New Haven, Connecticut. Following a backstage altercation with a police officer that maced him, Morrison taunts police during his set and is taken into custody. Angry fans riot.
1977 – Debby Boone continues to light up the pop chart with “You Light Up My Life,” which begins its ninth out of 10 weeks as a No. 1 single.
1983 – “Say Say Say,” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, starts a six-week hold on the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
1994 – Boyz II Men dominate the pop chart for a second straight week with “On Bended Knee.”