1520 - Today in history, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict. The papacy demanded that he recant or be excommunicated. Luther refused and was formally expelled from the church.
1817 - Mississippi was admitted to the Union as the 20th American state.
1830 - On this day in history, Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, MA. Only seven of her works were published while she was alive.
1898 - A treaty was signed in Paris that officially ended the Spanish-American War. Also, Cuba became independent of Spain.
1901 - Today in history, the first Nobel prizes were awarded.
1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1950 - On this day in history, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche was presented the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the first African-American to receive the award.
1953 - Hugh Hefner published the first "Playboy" magazine with an investment of $7,600.
1964 - Today in history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest person to ever receive the award.
1984 - South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1992 - On this day in history, Oregon Senator Bob Packwood apologized for what he called "unwelcome and offensive" actions toward women. However, he refused to resign.
1993 - The crew of the space shuttle Endeavor deployed the repaired Hubble Space Telescope into Earth's orbit.
1994 - Today in history, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize. They pledged to pursue their mission of healing the Middle East.
1996 - South Africa's President Mandela signed into law a new democratic constitution, completing the country's transition from white-minority rule to a non-racial democracy.
1998 - On this day in history, six astronauts opened the doors to the new international space station 250 miles above the Earth's surface.
MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, December 10th
1963 - Donny Osmond made his debut with The Osmonds on NBC's "Andy Williams Show."
1965 - Today in history, The Grateful Dead played their first concert. The show took place at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
1968 - John Lennon made his first solo TV appearance.
1971 - On this day in history, Frank Zappa was pushed from a London stage by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering from a broken leg and ankle and fractured skull.
1976 - "Wings over America," by Paul McCartney's was released.
2003 - Today in history, Bobby Brown was charged with battery after he allegedly hit his wife Whitney Houston.
2010 - Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for his song "The Times They Are a-Changin" sold at auction for $422,500.
SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, December 10th
1845 - British civil engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic tires.
1851 - Today in history, American librarian Melvil Dewey was born. He created the "Dewey Decimal Classification" system.
1958 - The first domestic passenger jet flight took place when 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami on a National Airlines Boeing 707.
SPORTS - Today in History, December 10th
1939 - On this day in history, The NFL's attendance exceeded 1 million in a season for the first time.