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Today in History
Today in History: Sunday, December  10, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 10, 1964, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize during ceremonies in Oslo, Norway.
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On this date in:
1520Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication.
1817Mississippi was admitted to the union as the 20th state.
1948The U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
1965The Grateful Dead played their first concert, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1967Singer Otis Redding died at age 26 in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin.
1980Rep. John W. Jenrette, D-S.C., resigned to avoid being expelled from the House following his conviction on charges related to the FBI's Abscam investigation.
1984South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1994Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1998Six astronauts opened the doors to the new international space station.
1998The Palestinian leadership scrapped constitutional clauses rejecting Israel's right to exist.
2001"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," the first in a three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy, premiered in London.
2002Former President Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the 1970s.
2007Former Vice President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis.
2007NFL star Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed.
2007Cristina Fernandez was sworn in as Argentina's first elected female president.
2009President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a humble acknowledgment of his scant accomplishments and a robust defense of the U.S. at war.
2009James Cameron's 3-D film epic "Avatar" had its world premiere in London.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor-director Kenneth Branagh turns 57 years old today.
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John BoozmanU.S. senator, R-Ark.67
Susan DeyActress ("L.A. Law," "The Partridge Family")65
Rod BlagojevichFormer governor of Illinois61
Nia PeeplesActress56
Meg WhiteRock musician (The White Stripes)43
Raven-SymoneActress ("That's So Raven," "The Cosby Show")32
Actress Emmanuelle Chriqui turns 40 years old today.
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