10 December 2006

This day in history: 10 Dec

1817: Mississippi became the twentieth state admitted to the USA.

1861: Kentucky became the thirteenth state admitted to the CSA.

1869: Wyoming granted women the right to vote.

1898: The Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the Spanish-American War.

1936: Edward VIII signed his instrument of abdication.

1941: Battleship HMS Prince of Wales and battlecruiser HMS Repulse were sunk by Japanese aircraft.

Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), Damon Runyon (1884-1946), Ed Wood Jr (1924-1978), Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) and Faron Young (1932-1996) died on this date.

And happy birthday to Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), Sir Harold Alexander KG OM GCB GCSI GCMG GCVO (1891-1969), Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996), Dan Blocker (1928-1972), Clive Anderson (1952-TBD), Susan Dey (1952-TBD) and Kenneth Branagh (1960-TBD).

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