Holidays Calendar for December 10, 2016

Constitution Day is a public holiday in Thailand. It's observed on December 10 to celebrate the anniversary of adoption of the first Constitution of Thailand in 1932.

Every year International Animal Rights Day is celebrated on December 10. This observance coincides with the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared in 1948, and this has been made deliberately.

December 10 is annual Alfred Nobel Day, a set of awards bestowed in number of categories, held in Sweden and Norway. This one of the most prestige awards in the world, that is why it takes almost a year to get ready for the event.

The National Lager Day is observed on December 10. This food-related holiday is a perfect occasion to go out to a pub and enjoy a glass or two of beer.

In 1950 the UN General Assembly adopted a decision to designate December 10 to be Human Rights Day. This international observance was established to celebrated the declaration anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.


This Day in History

  • 2010 Died: John Fenn, American analytical chemist who shared half of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Koichi Tanaka. The other half went to Kurt Wüthrich.
  • 2006 Died: Augusto Pinochet, Chilean military officer, politician and statesman. He was dictator of Chile from 1973 to 1990 and Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army from 1973 to 1998.
  • 1993 id Software released Doom, a sci-fi horror-themed first-person shooter. It is regarded as one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry.
  • 1989 The first open pro-democracy public demonstration in Mongolia took place in Ulaanbaatar. There, the creation of the Mongolian Democratic Union was announced.
  • 1987 Died: Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-born Jewish American violinist and educator. Heifetz is considered to be one of the most influential violinists of the 20th century.
  • 1983 Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín took office as the 46th President of Argentina, becoming the first democratically elected president of Argentina following the National Reorganization Process.
  • 1978 Died: Ed Wood, American screenwriter, director, actor, film editor, actor, and author. His career and camp approach has earned him and his films a cult following.
  • 1972 Born: Brian Molko, British-American singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the alternative rock band Placebo.
  • 1968 Japan's largest heist, known as the 300 million yen robbery or the 300 million yen affair/incident, was carried out in Tokyo. The case still remains unsolved.
  • 1968 Died: Karl Barth, Swiss Reformed theologian who is considered to be one of the greatest Protestant theologians of the 20th century. His mangum opus is Church Dogmatics.
  • 1963 Zanzibar gained independence from the United Kingdom as a constitutional monarchy. In 1964, it became a republic and merged with Tanganyika to form Tanzania.
  • 1952 Born: Susan Dey, American actress best known for her roles on television (Laurie Partridge on The Partridge Family and Grace Van Owen on L.A. Law).
  • 1941 The British Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales and battlecruiser HMS Repulse were sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War.
  • 1936 Died: Luigi Pirandello, Italian playwright, novelist, short story writer, and poet who was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for his outstanding plays.
  • 1934 Born: Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist and virologist who was awarded the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with two other scientists.
  • 1928 Died: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and artist. He is regarded the main representative of Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom.
  • 1928 Born: Barbara Nichols (born Barbara Marie Nickerauer), American model and actress best known for the brassy comic roles she played in films and TV series.
  • 1918 Born: Nelly Sachs, Jewish German poet and playwright who was awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature, sharing the award with Shmuel Yosef Agnon.
  • 1918 Born: Anatoli Tarasov, Soviet and Russian ice hockey player and coach who is regarded as "the father of Russian hockey". He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • 1911 Died: Joseph Dalton Hooker, British botanist and explorer who founded geographical botany. He served as Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
  • 1901 The inaugural Nobel Prizes were awarded. The first awardees were Henry Dunant, Frédéric Passy, Sully Prudhomme, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Emil von Behring.
  • 1896 Died: Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, innovator, and armaments manufacturer, best known for inventing dynamite and founding the Nobel Prize.
  • 1851 Died: Karl Drais, German inventor best known as the inventor of the human-powered vehicle known as the dandy horse, Laufmaschine, velocipede, or draisine.
  • 1851 Born: Melvil Dewey, American librarian and educator, primarily remembered for inventing the Dewey Decimal System of library classification (first published in 1876).
  • 1830 Born: Emily Dickinson, renowned American poet. Dickinson wrote nearly 1,800 poems, but only about a dozen of her works were published during her lifetime.
  • 1815 Born: Ada Lovelace (born Augusta Ada Byron), English mathematician and author regarded as the first computer programmer for her work with Babbage's analytical engine.
  • 1787 Born: Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American educator best known as a co-founder and the first principal of the first institution for the education of the deaf in North America.
  • 1768 The Royal Academy of Arts was founded in Britain through a personal act of King George III. The instrument of foundation named 34 founder members.
  • 1520 Martin Luther publicly set fire to the papal bull Exsurge Domine and decretal at Wittenberg. As a result, he was excommunicated by Pope Leo X on January 3, 1521.
  • 1508 Pope Julius II, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Louis XII of France, and Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor formed the League of Cambrai as an alliance against Venice.