December 10: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1817 - Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.
- 1868 - The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster inLondon. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
- 1884 - Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published for the first time.
- 1901 - The first Nobel Prizes are awarded.
- 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.
- Famous Birthdays: George Shaw (English botanist and zoologist), Ada Lovelace (English mathematician), Emily Dickinson (American poet), Melvil Dewey (American librarian, created the Dewey Decimal System), Olivier Messiaen (French composer and ornithologist)
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