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.
  • 1665
    The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps is founded by Michiel de Ruyter
  • 1799
    France adopts the metre as its official unit of length.
  • 1817
    Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: the Confederate States of America accept a rival state government’s pronouncement that declares Kentucky to be the 13th state of the Confederacy.
  • 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.
  • 1868
    The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
  • 1869
    Kappa Sigma Fraternity is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • 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.
  • 1904
    The Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity is founded at the College of Charleston.
  • 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.
  • 1911
    The first transcontinental flight across the United States is completed. Calbraith Perry Rodgers began the flight on 17 September 1911, taking off from Sheepshead Bay NY.
  • 1932
    Thailand adopts a Constitution and becomes a constitutional monarchy.
  • 1935
    The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, is awarded to halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of the Philippines – Imperial Japanese forces under the command of General Masaharu Homma land on the Philippine mainland.
  • 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.
  • 1955
    The Mighty Mouse Playhouse premieres on television.
  • 1993
    The last shift leaves Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland. The closure of the 156-year-old pit marks the end of the old County Durham coalfield, which had been in operation since the Middle Ages.

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