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On December tenth, 1817, Mississippi was admitted
as the 20th state.
On this date:
In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal
edict demanding that he recant, or face
In 1869, women
were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming
In 1898, a treaty
was signed in Paris officially ending the
In 1906, President
Theodore Roosevelt became the first
American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for
helping to mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese
In 1931, Jane
Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace
Prize, the first American woman so honored.
In 1948, the UN
General Assembly adopted its Universal
Declaration on Human Rights.
In 1950, Ralph J.
Bunche was presented the Nobel Peace Prize, the
first black American to receive the award.
In 1964, Dr.
Martin Luther King Junior received the Nobel
Peace Prize during ceremonies in Oslo, Norway.
In 1967, singer
Otis Redding died in the crash of his private
plane in Wisconsin.
In 1984, South
African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel
Ten years ago:
Czechoslovakia's president, Gustav Husak,
resigned after swearing in a coalition cabinet in
which Communists were relegated to a minority
Five years ago:
Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin
received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to
pursue their mission of healing the anguished
Middle East. Advertising executive Thomas Mosser
of North Caldwell, New Jersey, was killed by a
mail bomb blamed on the Unabomber.
One year ago:
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee
lined up one by one in favor of impeaching
President Clinton; Democrats vowed opposition
after lawyers clashed in closing arguments over
alleged "high crimes and misdemeanors."
Six astronauts jubilantly swung open the doors to
the new international space station, becoming the
first guests aboard the 250-mile-high outpost.
The Palestinian leadership scrapped
constitutional clauses rejecting Israel's
"I dislike arguments
of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often
Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, dramatist, author