Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

On Dec. 10, 1817, Mis­sis­sippi was ad­mit­ted as the 20th state of the Union.

In 1905, the O. Henry short story “The Gift of the Magi” was pub­lished in the New York Sun­day World Mag­a­zine un­der the ti­tle “Gifts of the Magi.”

In 1948, the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted its Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion on Hu­man Rights.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. re­ceived his No­bel Peace Prize in Oslo, say­ing he ac­cepted it “with an abid­ing faith in Amer­ica and an au­da­cious faith in the fu­ture of mankind.”

In 1987, Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev con­cluded three days of sum­mit talks in Washington. Also: Vi­o­lin­ist Jascha Heifetz died in Los Angeles at age 86.

In 1996, South African Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela signed the coun­try’s new con­sti­tu­tion into law in a cer­e­mony in Sharpevill­e.

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