December 10 in history: Human Rights Day was proclaimed in 1950

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Bengaluru, Dec 10: Today is Wednesday, December 10, 2014. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past: [Dec 9: This day in history]

1817: Mississippi became the 20th state of the United States.

1830: American poet Emily Dickinson was born.

1862: The House of Representatives in the US passes a bill creating the state of West Virginia.

1869: The territory of Wyoming allowed women to vote and hold office.

1870: Noted historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar was born in Kolkata (then Calcutta).

1878: India's last Governor-General C Rajagopalachari was born in the erstwhile Madras Presidency.

1898: The US and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris, whereby Spanish territory, including the Philippines, is ceded to the United States.

1901: The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace.

1917: International Red Cross gets the Nobel Peace Prize.

1919: Captain Ross Smith becomes the first person to fly 11,500 miles from England to Australia.

1941: Japanese troops invade Philippine island of Luzon.

1948: The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The day was proclaimed as Human Rights Day in 1950.

1950: Dr. Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

1960: Actor Rati Agnihotri was born in Mumbai.

1978: Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1999: Dr. Martin Luther King Junior received the Nobel Peace Prize.

2001: Actor Ashok Kumar passes away in Mumbai


2004: A US passenger jet landed in Vietnam, first time since the Vietnam War which ended in 1975.

2014: Indian child right activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai jointly receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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