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Today in History – Wilmington News Journal


Today is Saturday, December 10, the 344th day of 2022. There are 21 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On December 10, 2013, South Africa held a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, during which US President Barack Obama energized tens of thousands of spectators and nearly 100 visiting heads of state with a call for the world imitates “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” (The ceremony was marred by the presence of a sign language interpreter who the deaf lawyers said was an impostor waving his arms meaninglessly.)

To this date :

In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state in the Union.

In 1861, the Confederacy admitted Kentucky because it recognized a pro-South shadow state government that acted without the authority of the pro-Union government in Frankfurt.

In 1898, a treaty was signed in Paris officially ending the Spanish-American War.

In 1958, the first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the United States when a National Airlines Boeing 707 carried 111 passengers from New York to Miami in approximately 2.5 hours.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, saying he accepted it “with an unwavering faith in America and a bold faith in the future of mankind.”

In 1967, 26-year-old singer Otis Redding and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin’s Lake Monona; trumpet player Ben Cauley, a member of the Bar-Kays, is the only survivor.

In 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to continue their mission to heal the anguished Middle East.

In 1996, South African President Nelson Mandela signed the country’s new constitution at a ceremony in Sharpeville.

In 2005, actor-comedian Richard Pryor died in Encino, California at the age of 65.

In 2006, the former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, died at the age of 91.

In 2007, former Vice President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize calling on humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment.

In 2019, House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, saying he had “betrayed the nation” with his actions toward Ukraine and obstruction of the congressional investigation; Trump responded with a tweet of “WITCH HUNT!” At an evening rally in Pennsylvania, Trump mocked the impeachment effort and predicted it would lead to his re-election in 2020.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama told autoworkers in Michigan that he would not compromise on his demand for higher tax rates for the top 2% in the United States to reduce the deficit. A judge has announced that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a New York hotel maid have signed a settlement in his sexual assault lawsuit stemming from a May 2011 encounter. recreational use has become legal in Colorado.

Five years ago: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL in the team’s win over the Rams; substitute Nick Foles rallied the Eagles to a win that secured the NFC East title. (Foles and the Eagles would go on to win the Super Bowl.) Wearing a face mask, actor Rob Lowe livestreamed his family’s evacuation from one of the homes threatened by a massive fire in Southern California.

A year ago: Tornadoes hit Kentucky, Arkansas and three neighboring states, killing more than 90 people, including 81 in Kentucky. Bob Dole was mourned at the Washington National Cathedral and the World War II monument he helped create as leaders from both parties hailed the Republican senator from Kansas’ ability to practice politics with his bare hands without compromising his civility. The Supreme Court left in place the Texas ban on most abortions. The government said prices for US consumers jumped 6.8% in November from a year earlier as Americans faced their highest annual inflation rate since 1982. The world champion of reigning chess Magnus Carlsen of Norway successfully defended his title in Dubai. Michael Nesmith, the 1960s wool hat, guitar-playing member of made-for-TV rock band The Monkees, has died aged 78.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Fionnula Flanagan turns 81. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 76 years old. Pop-funk musician Walter “Clyde” Orange (The Commodores) is 76 years old. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 71 years old. Actress Susan Dey is 70 years old. Rod Blagojevich is 66 years old. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 65. Actor John York (TV: “General Hospital”) is 64 years old. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh (BRAH’-nah) is 62 years old. Actor Nia Peeples is 61 years old. TV chef Bobby Flay is 58. Singer and rock musician J Mascis is 57 years old. Rock musician Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) is 51. Actor and comedian Arden Myrin is 49 years old. Rock musician Meg White (The White Stripes) is 48 years old. Actor Emmanuelle Chriqui is 47 years old. Actor Gavin Houston is 45 years old. Actor Alano Miller is 43 years old. Violinist Sarah Chang is 42 years old. Actor Patrick John Flueger is 39 years old. Country singer Meghan Linsey is 37 years old. Actor Raven-Symone is 37 years old. Actress/singer Teyana Taylor is 32 years old. NFL quarterback Joe Burrow is 26.



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