December 10 Holidays, Events & Observances

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December 10 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are December 10 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; December 10 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on December 10.

December 10 holidays and observances
December 10 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in December, international holidays in December 10, national days in December 10. Some major December 10 national day and International holidays list in December calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

There are literally thousands of holidays throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of December 10 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have documented the long list of observances on December 10, notable events, national days in December 10, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on December 10 globally.

Month of December

The month of December brings many holidays, feasts, and happenings!Learn all about the 12th month on the calendar, a short history, and what the month is known for! From St. Nicholas Day to the Geminid Meteor Shower to Christmas, it’s a busy month of the year. Just remember to grab a cup of cocoa and relax when you can. 

December is the 12th month (and last month) in our modern-day Gregorian calendar (as it was in the preceding Julian calendar).

However, it was originally the 10th month of the Roman calendar (until 153 BC). Hence, “December” comes from the Latin word decem, meaning “ten.”

Holidays in December

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

Meanwhile few of holidays in December are: National Fritters Day, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, National Mutt Day | National Mixed Breed Dog Day, Pan American Health Day, Special Education Day, World Computer Literacy Day, National Roof over Your Head Day, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Make a Gift Day, and more.

December 10 holidays and observances
December 10 Holidays and Observances

December 10 Holidays, National Day

December 10 is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 21 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

  • 1041 – The adoptive son of Empress Zoë of Byzantium succeeds to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V.
  • 1317 – The “Nyköping Banquet”: King Birger of Sweden treacherously seizes his two brothers Valdemar, Duke of Finland and Eric, Duke of Södermanland, who were subsequently starved to death in the dungeon of Nyköping Castle.
  • 1508 – The League of Cambrai is formed by Pope Julius II, Louis XII of France, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor and Ferdinand II of Aragon as an alliance against Venice.
  • 1520 – Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg’s Elster Gate.
  • 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are executed for having affairs with Catherine Howard, Queen of England and wife of Henry VIII.
  • 1652 – Defeat at the Battle of Dungeness causes the Commonwealth of England to reform its navy.
  • 1665 – The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps is founded by Michiel de Ruyter.
  • 1684 – Isaac Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmond Halley.
  • 1768 – The first ion of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published.
  • 1799 – France adopts the metre as its official unit of length.
  • 1817 – Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America accept a rival state government’s pronouncement that declares Kentucky to be the 13th state of the Confederacy.
  • 1861 – Forces led by Nguyễn Trung Trực, an anti-colonial guerrilla leader in southern Vietnam, sink the French lorcha L’Esperance.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Sherman’s March to the Sea: Major General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union Army troops reach the outer Confederate defenses of Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1877 – Russo-Turkish War: The Russian Army captures Plevna after a 5-month siege. The garrison of 25,000 surviving Turks surrenders. The Russian victory is decisive for the outcome of the war and the Liberation of Bulgaria.
  • 1896 – Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi premieres in Paris. A riot breaks out at the end of the performance.
  • 1898 – Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris is signed, officially ending the conflict.
  • 1901 – The first Nobel Prize ceremony is held in Stockholm on the fifth anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
  • 1902 – The opening of the reservoir of the Aswan Dam in Egypt.
  • 1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the mediation of the Russo-Japanese War, becoming the first American to win a Nobel Prize in any field.
  • 1907 – The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students, protesting against the existence of a memorial for animals that have been vivisected, clash with 400 police officers.
  • 1909 – Selma Lagerlöf becomes the first female writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1932 – Thailand becomes a constitutional monarchy.
  • 1936 – Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII signs the Instrument of Abdication.
  • 1941 – World War II: The Royal Navy capital ships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse are sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy torpedo bombers near British Malaya.
  • 1941 – World War II: Battle of the Philippines: Imperial Japanese forces under the command of General Masaharu Homma land on Luzon.
  • 1942 – World War II: Government of Poland in exile send Raczyński’s Note (the first official report on the Holocaust) to 26 governments who signed the Declaration by United Nations.
  • 1948 – The Human Rights Convention is signed by the United Nations.
  • 1949 – Chinese Civil War: The People’s Liberation Army begins its siege of Chengdu, the last Kuomintang-held city in mainland China, forcing President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek and his government to retreat to Taiwan.
  • 1953 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill receives the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1963 – Zanzibar gains independence from the United Kingdom as a constitutional monarchy, under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah.
  • 1963 – An assassination attempt on the British High Commissioner in Aden kills two people and wounds dozens more.
  • 1968 – Japan’s biggest heist, the still-unsolved “300 million yen robbery”, is carried out in Tokyo.
  • 1978 – Arab–Israeli conflict: Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin and President of Egypt Anwar Sadat are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1979 – Kaohsiung Incident: Taiwanese pro-democracy demonstrations are suppressed by the KMT dictatorship, and organizers are arrested.
  • 1983cracy is restored in Argentina with the inauguration of President Raúl Alfonsín.
  • 1984 – United Nations General Assembly recognizes the Convention against Torture.
  • 1989 – Mongolian Revolution: At the country’s first open pro-democracy public demonstration, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announces the establishment of the Mongolian Democratic Union.
  • 1993 – The last shift leaves Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland. The closure of the 156-year-old pit marks the end of the old County Durham coalfield, which had been in operation since the Middle Ages.
  • 1994 – Rwandan genocide: Maurice Baril, military advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General and head of the Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, recommends that UNAMIR stand down.
  • 1995 – The Israeli army withdraws from Nablus pursuant to the terms of Oslo Accord.
  • 1996 – The new Constitution of South Africa is promulgated by Nelson Mandela.
  • 1999 – Helen Clark is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, the second woman to hold the post and the first following an election.
  • 2014 – Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein is killed after the suppression of a demonstration by Israeli forces in the village (Turmus’ayya) in Ramallah.
  • 2015 – Rojava conflict: The Syrian Democratic Council is established in Dêrik, forming the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeast Syria.
  • 2016 – Two explosions outside a football stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, kill 38 people and injure 166 others.
  • 2017 – ISIL is defeated in Iraq.
  • 2019 – The Ostrava hospital attack in the Czech Republic results in eight deaths, including the perpetrator.
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Births

  • 553 – Houzhu, emperor of the Chen dynasty (d. 604)
  • 1376 – Edmund Mortimer, English nobleman and rebel (d. 1409)
  • 1452 – Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1531)
  • 1472 – Anne de Mowbray, 8th Countess of Norfolk (d. 1481)
  • 1489 – Gaston of Foix, Duke of Nemours (d. 1512)
  • 1588 – Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher (d. 1637)
  • 1610 – Adriaen van Ostade, Dutch painter (d. 1685)
  • 1654 – Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole, Italian painter (d. 1719)
  • 1658 – Lancelot Blackburne, Archbishop of York (d. 1743)
  • 1713 – Johann Nicolaus Mempel, German cantor and organist (d. 1747)
  • 1751 – George Shaw, English botanist and zoologist (d. 1813)
  • 1776 – Archduchess Maria Leopoldine of Austria-Este (d. 1848)
  • 1783 – María Bibiana Benítez, Puerto Rican poet and playwright (d. 1873)
  • 1787 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American educator, founded the American School for the Deaf (d. 1851)
  • 1804 – Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician and academic (d. 1851)
  • 1805 – William Lloyd Garrison, American journalist and activist, founded The Liberator (d. 1879)
  • 1805 – Joseph Škoda, Czech physician, dermatologist, and academic (d. 1881)
  • 1811 – Caroline Mehitable Fisher Sawyer, American poet, biographer, and or (d. 1894)
  • 1815 – Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and computer scientist (d. 1852)
  • 1821 – Nikolay Nekrasov, Russian poet and critic (d. 1877)
  • 1822 – César Franck, Belgian organist and composer (d. 1890)
  • 1824 – George MacDonald, Scottish minister, author, and poet (d. 1905)
  • 1827 – Eugene O’Keefe, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1913)
  • 1830 – Emily Dickinson, American poet (d. 1886)
  • 1851 – Melvil Dewey, American librarian, created the Dewey Decimal System (d. 1931)
  • 1866 – Louis Bolk, Dutch anatomist and biologist (d. 1930)
  • 1870 – Jadunath Sarkar, Indian historian (d. 1958)
  • 1870 – Adolf Loos, Austrian architect and theoretician (d. 1933)
  • 1870 – Pierre Louÿs, Belgian-French author and poet (d. 1925)
  • 1878 – C. Rajagopalachari, Indian lawyer and politician, 45th Governor-General of India (d. 1972)
  • 1882 – Otto Neurath, Austrian sociologist and philosopher (d. 1945)
  • 1882 – Shigenori Tōgō, Japanese politician, 37th Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs (d. 1950)
  • 1883 – Giovanni Messe, Italian field marshal and politician (d. 1968)
  • 1885 – Elizabeth Baker, American economist and academic (d. 1973)
  • 1885 – Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer and conductor (d. 1967)
  • 1886 – Victor McLaglen, English-American actor (d. 1959)
  • 1889 – Ray Collins, American actor (d. 1965)
  • 1890 – László Bárdossy, Hungarian fascist politician and diplomat, 33rd Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1891 – Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, English field marshal and politician, 17th Governor General of Canada (d. 1969)
  • 1891 – Arlie Mucks, American discus thrower and shot putter (d. 1967)
  • 1891 – Nelly Sachs, German-Swedish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)
  • 1896 – Torsten Bergström, Swedish actor and director (d. 1948)
  • 1903 – Una Merkel, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1904 – Antonín Novotný, Czechoslovak politician, President of Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (d. 1975)
  • 1906 – Jules Ladoumègue, French runner (d. 1973)
  • 1906 – Harold Adamson, American lyricist (d. 1980)
  • 1907 – Rumer Godden, English author and poet (d. 1998)
  • 1907 – Lucien Laurent, French footballer and coach (d. 2005)
  • 1907 – Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (d. 1979)
  • 1908 – Olivier Messiaen, French composer and ornithologist (d. 1992)
  • 1909 – Hermes Pan, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1990)
  • 1910 – Ambrosio Padilla, Filipino basketball player and politician (d. 1996)
  • 1911 – Chet Huntley, American journalist (d. 1974)
  • 1912 – Philip Hart, American lawyer and politician, 49th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 1912 – René Toribio, Guadeloupean politician (d. 1990)
  • 1913 – Pannonica de Koenigswarter, English-American jazz patron and writer (d. 1988)
  • 1913 – Morton Gould, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1996)
  • 1913 – Harry Locke, English actor (d. 1987)
  • 1913 – Ray Nance, American trumpeter, violinist, and singer (d. 1976)
  • 1914 – Dorothy Lamour, American actress and singer (d. 1996)
  • 1915 – Nicky Barr, Australian rugby player, soldier, and pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1916 – Walt Arfons, American race car driver (d. 2013)
  • 1918 – Anne Gwynne, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1918 – Anatoli Tarasov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)
  • 1919 – Alexander Courage, American composer and conductor (d. 2008)
  • 1920 – Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian journalist and author (d. 1977)
  • 1920 – Reginald Rose, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2002)
  • 1920 – Thanassis Skordalos, Greek lyra player and composer (d. 1998)
  • 1921 – Toh Chin Chye, Singaporean academic and politician, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Agnes Nixon, American television writer and director (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Harold Gould, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1923 – Clorindo Testa, Italian-Argentinian architect, designed the National Library of the Argentine Republic and Marriott Plaza Hotel (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Ken Albers, American singer and musician (d. 2007)
  • 1924 – Michael Manley, Jamaican pilot and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • 1925 – Carolyn Kizer, American poet and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1926 – Guitar Slim, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)
  • 1927 – Bob Farrell, American businessman, founded Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Danny Matt, German-Israeli general (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Barbara Nichols, American actress (d. 1976)
  • 1930 – Wayne D. Anderson, American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling, English farmer and politician, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • 1931 – Peter Baker, English-South African footballer and manager (d. 2016)
  • 1933 – Mako Iwamatsu, Japanese actor (d. 2006)
  • 1933 – Philip R. Craig, American author (d. 2007)
  • 1934 – Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
  • 1935 – Terry Allcock, English footballer and cricketer
  • 1935 – Jaromil Jireš, Czech director and screenwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1936 – Howard Smith, American journalist, director, and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1938 – Bill Dunk, Australian golfer
  • 1938 – Yuri Temirkanov, Russian viola player and conductor
  • 1939 – Dick Bavetta, American basketball player and referee
  • 1939 – Barry Cunliffe, English archaeologist and academic
  • 1941 – Ken Campbell, English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1941 – Fionnula Flanagan, Irish actress and producer
  • 1941 – Tommy Rettig, American child actor (d. 1996)
  • 1941 – Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor (d. 1985)
  • 1942 – Ann Gloag, Scottish nurse and businesswoman
  • 1944 – Andris Bērziņš, Latvian businessman and politician, 8th President of Latvia
  • 1944 – John Birt, Baron Birt, English businessman
  • 1944 – Steve Renko, American baseball player
  • 1945 – Mukhtar Altynbayev, Kazakhstani general and politician, 3rd Defence Minister of Kazakhstan
  • 1947 – Rasul Guliyev, Azerbaijani engineer and politician, 22nd Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan
  • 1948 – Dušan Bajević, Bosnian footballer and manager
  • 1948 – Jessica Cleaves, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1948 – Jasuben Shilpi, Indian sculptor (d. 2013)
  • 1949 – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Ugandan-English journalist and author
  • 1949 – David Perdue, American politician
  • 1950 – John Boozman, American football player, lawyer, and politician
  • 1950 – Simon Owen, New Zealand golfer
  • 1951 – Johnny Rodriguez, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952 – Clive Anderson, English lawyer and television host
  • 1952 – Susan Dey, American actress
  • 1952 – Greg Mortimer, Australian geologist and mountaineer
  • 1952 – Greg Laurie, American author and pastor
  • 1952 – Paul Varul, Estonian lawyer and politician, 6th Estonian Minister of Justice
  • 1953 – Chris Bury, American journalist and academic
  • 1954 – Eudine Barriteau, Barbadian economist and academic
  • 1954 – Price Cobb, American race car driver and manager
  • 1954 – Jack Hues, English singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1956 – Rod Blagojevich, American lawyer and politician, 40th Governor of Illinois
  • 1956 – Roberto Cassinelli, Italian lawyer and politician
  • 1956 – Jan van Dijk, Dutch footballer and manager
  • 1957 – Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1957 – Paul Hardcastle, English composer and producer
  • 1957 – Prem Rawat, Indian-American guru and educator
  • 1958 – Cornelia Funke, German-American author
  • 1958 – Kathryn Stott, English pianist and academic
  • 1959 – Mark Aguirre, American basketball player and coach
  • 1959 – Kevin Ash, English journalist and author (d. 2013)
  • 1959 – Udi Aloni, American-Israeli director and author
  • 1959 – Wolf Hoffmann, German guitarist
  • 1960 – Kenneth Branagh, Northern Ireland-born English actor director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Kōichi Satō, Japanese actor
  • 1961 – Mark McKoy, Canadian hurdler and sprinter
  • 1961 – Nia Peeples, American singer and actress
  • 1962 – Rakhat Aliyev, Kazakh politician and diplomat (d. 2015)
  • 1962 – John de Wolf, Dutch footballer and manager
  • 1963 – Jahangir Khan, Pakistani squash player
  • 1963 – Robin White, American tennis player
  • 1964 – Stephen Billington, English actor
  • 1964 – Stef Blok, Dutch banker and politician, Dutch Minister of the Interior
  • 1964 – Bobby Flay, American chef and author
  • 1964 – Edith González, Mexican actress (d. 2019)
  • 1965 – Greg Giraldo, American lawyer, comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1965 – J Mascis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1965 – Stephanie Morgenstern, Swiss-Canadian actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1966 – Rein Ahas, Estonian geographer and academic
  • 1966 – Robin Brooke, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1966 – Mel Rojas, Dominican baseball player
  • 1966 – Penelope Trunk, American writer
  • 1968 – Yōko Oginome, Japanese singer, actress, and voice actress
  • 1969 – Darren Berry, Australian cricketer and coach
  • 1969 – Rob Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and manager
  • 1970 – Kevin Sharp, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1970 – Bryant Stith, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Brian Molko, British-Belgian singer-songwriter
  • 1972 – Donavon Frankenreiter, American surfer, singer-songwriter, and guitarist
  • 1973 – Gabriela Spanic, Venezuelan actress
  • 1974 – Meg White, American drummer
  • 1975 – Steve Bradley, American wrestler (d. 2008)
  • 1975 – Emmanuelle Chriqui, Canadian actress
  • 1975 – Josip Skoko, Australian footballer
  • 1976 – Shane Byrne, English motorcycle racer
  • 1978 – Anna Jesień, Polish hurdler
  • 1978 – Summer Phoenix, American actress
  • 1979 – Matt Bentley, American wrestler
  • 1979 – Iain Brunnschweiler, English cricketer
  • 1979 – Yang Jianping, Chinese recurve archer
  • 1980 – Sarah Chang, American violinist
  • 1981 – Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • 1981 – Fábio Rochemback, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982 – Claudia Hoffmann, German sprinter
  • 1982 – Sultan Kösen, Turkish farmer, tallest living person
  • 1983 – Xavier Samuel, Australian actor
  • 1985 – Charlie Adam, Scottish footballer
  • 1985 – Trésor Mputu, Congolese footballer
  • 1985 – Raven-Symoné, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1985 – Lê Công Vinh, Vietnamese footballer
  • 1986 – Kahlil Bell, American football player
  • 1987 – Gonzalo Higuaín, French-Argentinian footballer
  • 1988 – Wilfried Bony, Ivorian footballer
  • 1988 – Neven Subotić, Serbian footballer
  • 1989 – Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, French politician
  • 1989 – Tom Sexton, Australian-Irish rugby player
  • 1990 – Kazenga LuaLua, Congolese-English footballer
  • 1990 – Sakiko Matsui, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1990 – Shoya Tomizawa, Japanese motorcycle racer (d. 2010)
  • 1994 – Richard Kennar, Samoan rugby league player
  • 1994 – Matti Klinga, Finnish footballer
  • 1996 – Joe Burrow, American football player
  • 1996 – Kang Daniel, South Korean singer
  • 1997 – Viktoriia Savtsova, Ukrainian Paralympic swimmer
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Deaths

  • 925 – Sancho I, king of Pamplona
  • 949 – Herman I, Duke of Swabia
  • 990 – Folcmar, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1041 – Michael IV the Paphlagonian, Byzantine emperor (b. 1010)
  • 1081 – Nikephoros III Botaneiates, deposed Byzantine Emperor (b. c.1002)
  • 1113 – Radwan, ruler of Aleppo
  • 1310 – Stephen I, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1271)
  • 1454 – Ignatius Behnam Hadloyo, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.
  • 1475 – Paolo Uccello, Italian painter (b. 1397)
  • 1508 – René II, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1451)
  • 1541 – Thomas Culpeper, English courtier (b. 1514)
  • 1541 – Francis Dereham, English courtier (b. c. 1513)
  • 1561 – Caspar Schwenckfeld, German theologian and writer
  • 1618 – Giulio Caccini, Italian composer and educator (b. 1551)
  • 1626 – Edmund Gunter, English mathematician and academic (b. 1581)
  • 1665 – Tarquinio Merula, Italian organist, violinist, and composer (b. 1594)
  • 1736 – António Manoel de Vilhena, Portuguese soldier and politician (b. 1663)
  • 1791 – Jacob Frank, Polish religious leader (b. 1726)
  • 1831 – Thomas Johann Seebeck, German physicist and academic (b. 1770)
  • 1850 – Józef Bem, Polish general and physicist (b. 1794)
  • 1850 – François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist (b. 1787)
  • 1865 – Leopold I of Belgium (b. 1790)
  • 1867 – Sakamoto Ryōma, Japanese samurai and politician (b. 1836)
  • 1896 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist and engineer, invented Dynamite and founded the Nobel Prize (b. 1833)
  • 1909 – Red Cloud, American tribal chief (b. 1822)
  • 1911 – Joseph Dalton Hooker, English botanist and explorer (b. 1817)
  • 1917 – Mackenzie Bowell, English-Canadian journalist and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1823)
  • 1920 – Horace Elgin Dodge, American businessman, co-founded Dodge (b. 1868)
  • 1922 – Clement Lindley Wragge, English meteorologist and author (b. 1852)
  • 1926 – Nikola Pašić, Serbian politician, 46th Prime Minister of Serbia (b. 1845)
  • 1928 – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect and painter (b. 1868)
  • 1929 – Harry Crosby, American publisher and poet (b. 1898)
  • 1932 – Joseph Carruthers, Australian politician, 16th Premier of New South Wales (b. 1857)
  • 1936 – Bobby Abel, English cricketer (b. 1857)
  • 1936 – Luigi Pirandello, Italian dramatist, novelist, and poet Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1939 – John Grieb, American gymnast and triathlete (b. 1879)
  • 1941 – Colin Kelly, American captain and pilot (b. 1915)
  • 1944 – John Brunt, English captain, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1922)
  • 1945 – Theodor Dannecker, German captain (b. 1913)
  • 1946 – Walter Johnson, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster (b. 1887)
  • 1946 – Damon Runyon, American newspaperman and short story writer (b. 1884)
  • 1948 – Na Hye-sok, South Korean journalist, poet, and painter (b. 1896)
  • 1951 – Algernon Blackwood, English author and playwright (b. 1869)
  • 1953 – Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-English scholar and translator (b. 1872)
  • 1956 – David Shimoni, Russian-Israeli poet and translator (b. 1891)
  • 1957 – Napoleon Zervas, Greek general (b. 1891)
  • 1958 – Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder, rancher, and philanthropist (b. 1864)
  • 1963 – K. M. Panikkar, Indian historian and diplomat (b. 1894)
  • 1967 – Otis Redding, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1941)
  • 1968 – Karl Barth, Swiss theologian and author (b. 1886)
  • 1968 – George Forrest, Northern Irish lawyer and politician (b. 1921)
  • 1968 – Thomas Merton, American monk and author (b. 1915)
  • 1972 – Mark Van Doren, American poet, critic, and academic (b. 1894)
  • 1973 – Wolf V. Vishniac, German-American microbiologist and academic (b. 1922)
  • 1974 – Toshinari Shōji, Japanese general (b. 1890)
  • 1977 – Adolph Rupp, American basketball player and coach (b. 1901)
  • 1978 – Ed Wood, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 1979 – Ann Dvorak, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 1982 – Freeman Gosden, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1899)
  • 1987 – Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-American violinist and educator (b. 1901)
  • 1988 – Richard S. Castellano, American actor (b. 1933)
  • 1988 – Johnny Lawrence, English cricketer and coach (b. 1911)
  • 1988 – Dorothy de Rothschild, English philanthropist and activist (b. 1895)
  • 1990 – Armand Hammer, American businessman, founded Occidental Petroleum (b. 1898)
  • 1991 – Greta Kempton, Austrian-American painter and academic (b. 1901)
  • 1992 – Dan Maskell, English tennis player and sportscaster (b. 1908)
  • 1993 – Alice Tully, American soprano (b. 1902)
  • 1994 – Keith Joseph, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Education (b. 1918)
  • 1994 – Alex Wilson, Canadian-American sprinter (b. 1905)
  • 1995 – Darren Robinson, American rapper (b. 1967)
  • 1996 – Faron Young, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (b. 1932)
  • 1999 – Rick Danko, Canadian singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (b. 1943)
  • 1999 – Franjo Tuđman, Croatian general and politician, 1st President of Croatia (b. 1922)
  • 1999 – Woodrow Borah, American historian of Spanish America (b. 1912)
  • 2000 – Marie Windsor, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2001 – Ashok Kumar, Indian actor, singer, and producer (b. 1911)
  • 2002 – Andres Küng, Swedish journalist and politician (b. 1945)
  • 2002 – Ian MacNaughton, Scottish actor, director, and producer (b. 1925)
  • 2003 – Sean McClory, Irish actor and director (b. 1924)
  • 2004 – Gary Webb, American journalist and author (b. 1955)
  • 2005 – Mary Jackson, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2005 – Eugene McCarthy, American poet, academic, and politician (b. 1916)
  • 2005 – Richard Pryor, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2006 – Olivia Coolidge, English-American author and educator (b. 1908)
  • 2006 – Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general and dictator, 30th President of Chile (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – Vitali Hakko, Turkish businessman, founded Vakko (b. 1913)
  • 2009 – Vladimir Teplyakov, Russian soldier and physicist (b. 1925)
  • 2010 – John Fenn, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
  • 2010 – J. Michael Hagopian, Armenian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • 2010 – MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi academic and politician, 13th President of Bangladesh (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Antonio Cubillo, Spanish lawyer and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Tommy Roberts, English fashion designer (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Alan Coleman, English-Australian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Jim Hall, American guitarist and composer (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Don Lund, American baseball player and coach (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Srikanta Wadiyar, Indian politician and the titular Maharaja of Mysore(b. 1946)
  • 2014 – Ralph Giordano, German author and publicist (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Robert B. Oakley, American diplomat, 19th United States Ambassador to Pakistan (b. 1931)
  • 2014 – Bob Solinger, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Judy Baar Topinka, American journalist and politician (b. 1944)
  • 2014 – Gerard Vianen, Dutch cyclist (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Ron Bouchard, American race car driver and businessman (b. 1948)
  • 2015 – Denis Héroux, Canadian director and producer (b. 1940)
  • 2015 – Arnold Peralta, Honduran footballer (b. 1989)
  • 2015 – Dolph Schayes, American basketball player and coach (b. 1928)
  • 2017 – Max Clifford, British publicist (b. 1943)
  • 2017 – Angry Grandpa, American Internet personality (b. 1950)
  • 2019 – Philip McKeon, American actor (b. 1964)
  • 2019 – Gershon Kingsley, American composer and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2020 – Tommy “Tiny” Lister Jr., American actor and wrestler (b. 1958)
  • 2020 – Joseph Safra, Lebanese-Brazilian financier (b.1938)
  • 2020 – Barbara Windsor, English actress (b. 1937)
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Holidays and observances

  • Alfred Nobel Day or Nobeldagen (Sweden)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Behnam, Sarah, and the Forty Martyrs (Syriac Orthodox Church)
    • Eulalia of Mérida
    • Karl Barth (Episcopal Church (USA))
    • Thomas Merton (Episcopal Church (USA))
    • Translation of the Holy House of Loreto
    • December 10 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Constitution Day (Thailand)
  • Human Rights Day (International)
  • Victory Day (Iraq)

  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on December 10
  • Today in Canadian History

December 10 Day, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of December (December 10 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic December 10 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

Check out more December events, December holidays, events and observances. or by checking any date from the calendar below.

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