TODAY IN HISTORY
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.