December 10 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1520 Martin Luther publicly burns papal edict demanding he recant

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 Edmond Halley

1799 Metric system first adopted in France

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

1936 Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson

1964 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo, Norway

Today’s Historical Events

741 Pope Zachary elected

1041 Michael IV, Paphlagonicus, Byzantium Emperor dies of results of dropsy. His wife Empress Zoe elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V.

1294 Pope Coelestinus V becomes Pope (until Dec 13th)

1508 League of the kingdom signed (covenant against Venice)

1510 Muslim ruler of Goa, Yusuf Adil Shah and his Ottoman allies surrender to Portuguese forces led by Afonso de Albuquerque who puts the Muslim population to the sword

1520 Martin Luther publicly burns papal edict demanding he recant

1582 France begins use of Gregorian calendar

1652 Sea battle at Dungeness: lt-admiral Maarten Tromp beats English fleet

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1899 Frank Wedekind‘s play “Der Kammersänger” premieres in Berlin

1926 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)

1952 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting

1953 KOMO TV channel 4 in Seattle, WA (ABC) begins broadcasting

1953 WSTV (now WTOV) TV channel 9 in Steubenville-Wheeling, OH (CBS) begins

1962 David Lean‘s film “Lawrence of Arabia”, based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O’Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)

1963 6-year old Donny Osmond’s singing debut on Andy Williams Show

1967 CBS officially renames CBS-TV Studio 50 in New York (built in 1927 as Hammerstein’s Theatre), as “The Ed Sullivan Theater” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his program

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1854 Hector Berlioz premieres his oratorio “L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)”, conducting musicians and soloists from the Opéra-Comique, at the Salle Herz, Paris

1882 Johannes Brahms‘ choir and orchestra piece “Gesang der Parzen” (Song of the Fates) premieres in Basel

1927 “Grand Ole Opry” first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee

1953 “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” opens at Imperial NYC for 229 performances

1963 Leonard Bernstein premieres his Third Symphony “Kaddish” with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in Tel Aviv, Israel

1965 Michael Leonard and Herbert Martin’s musical “The Yearling” opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 3 performances

1978 “Platinum” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances

1991 “Crucible” opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 32 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1810 English bare-knuckle boxer Tom Cribb beats African-American Tom Molineaux in 33rd of 40 round bout at Copthall Common, England; first interracial boxing match

1831 “Spirit of the Times” begins publishing in New York City, the premier sports journal of the 19th century

1918 John Heyder becomes president of baseball’s National League for the 2nd time

1919 NL votes to ban the spitball’s use by all new pitchers

1919 NY, Boston, & Chicago, oppose AL resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties

1922 1st National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (10-0-2) named inaugural champions

1922 Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards

1924 Agreement reached on permanent rotation of World Series with each league, getting games 1, 2, 6, 7 in alternating years