December 10: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On December 10, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 344th day of the Gregorian calendar is December 10. The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was released on this day, Mississippi became the United States’ 20th state, and the Nobel Prize ceremony was held in Stockholm for the first time.

Sagittarius rules the 10th of December. Emily Dickinson, Raven-Symone, and Gonzalo Higuain all have famous birthdays. National Lager Day is celebrated on December 10th.


(December 10, 1768)
On this day in 1768, the first portion of the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was published and promoted for sale in Edinburgh, making it the oldest continuously published and amended work in the English language. photo source:


(December 10, 1967)
Otis Redding, an American singer-songwriter and one of the great soul stylists of the 1960s, died in an aeroplane crash. photo source:

(December 10, 1996)
President Nelson Mandela of South Africa signed a new constitution, completing the country's protracted transition from white minority rule (apartheid) to democracy. photo source:

(Died on December 10, 2020)
Barbara Windsor, English actress (b. 1937).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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