About December 10

December 10, 2021 is the 344th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 21 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 53 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 10

  • 1520
    Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg’s Elster Gate.
  • 1541
    Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are executed for having affairs with Catherine Howard, Queen of England and wife of Henry VIII.
  • 1684
    Isaac Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley.
  • 1799
    France adopts the metre as its official unit of length.
  • 1817
    Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Sherman’s March to the Sea – Major General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union Army troops reach the outer Confederate defenses of Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1869
    Kappa Sigma Fraternity is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • 1884
    Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time.
  • 1898
    Spanish-American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict.
  • 1899
    Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity is founded at the City College of New York.
  • 1901
    The first Nobel Prizes are awarded.
  • 1902
    Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania.
  • 1907
    The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Royal Navy capital ships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse are sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy torpedo bombers near Malaya.
  • 1949
    Chinese Civil War: The People’s Liberation Army begins its siege of Chengdu, the last Kuomintang-held city in mainland China, forcing President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek and his government to retreat to Taiwan.
  • 1965
    The Grateful Dead’s first concert performance under this new name.
  • 1968
    Japan’s biggest heist, the still-unsolved “300 million yen robbery”, is carried out in Tokyo.
  • 1979
    Kaohsiung Incident: Taiwanese pro-democracy demonstrations are suppressed by the KMT dictatorship, and organizers are arrested.
  • 1983
    Democracy is restored in Argentina with the assumption of President Raúl Alfonsín.
  • 1989
    Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announces the establishment of Mongolia’s democratic movement that changes the second oldest communist country into a democracy.

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