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Thursday December 10, 2020

December 10: Day of the Week

December 10, 2020 is the 345th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 21 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.

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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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December 10 Historical Event(s)

  • 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 Edmund Halley.
  • 1817
    Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: the Confederate States of America accept a rival state government’s pronouncement that declares Kentucky to be the 13th state of the Confederacy.
  • 1868
    The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. 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.
  • 1906
    U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first American to win a Nobel Prize.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of the Philippines – Imperial Japanese forces under the command of General Masaharu Homma land on the Philippine mainland.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Royal Navy capital ships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse are sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy torpedo bombers near Malaya.
  • 1949
    Chinese Civil War: The People’s Liberation Army begins its siege of Chengdu, the last Kuomintang-held city in mainland China, forcing President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek and his government to retreat to Taiwan.
  • 1968
    Japan’s biggest heist, the still-unsolved “300 million yen robbery”, is carried out in Tokyo.

Who were born on December 10?

  • 1452
    Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1531)
  • 1851
    Melvil Dewey, American librarian, (d. 1931)
  • 1903
    Una Merkel, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1912
    Philip A. Hart, U.S. Senator (d. 1976)
  • 1913
    Harry Locke, English actor (d. 1987)
  • 1920
    Reginald Rose, American writer (d. 2002)
  • 1924
    Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • 1955
    Jacquelyn Mitchard, American novelist
  • 1972
    Brian Molko, Belgian-born singer and songwriter (Placebo)
  • 1984
    Jayson Paul, American wrestler

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