The Columbus Dispatch



Today is Friday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2021. There are 21 days left in the year.

On this date in:

1817: Mississipp­i was admitted as the 20th state of the Union.

1861: The Confederac­y admitted Kentucky as it recognized a pro-southern shadow state government that was acting without the authority of the prounion government in Frankfort.

1950: Ralph J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first Black American to receive the award.

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.”

1967: Singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin’s Lake Monona; trumpeter Ben Cauley, a member of the group the Bar-kays, was the only survivor.

1994: Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of healing the anguished Middle East.

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

2005: Actor-comedian Richard Pryor died in Encino, California, at age 65.

2006: Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet died at age 91.

2007: Dormer Vice President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environmen­t.

2013: South Africa held a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, during which U.S. President Barack Obama energized tens of thousands of spectators and nearly 100 visiting heads of state with a plea for the world to emulate “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” (The ceremony was marred by the presence of a sign-language interprete­r who deaf advocates said was an impostor waving his arms around meaningles­sly.) General Motors named product chief Mary Barra its new CEO, making her the first woman to run a U.S. car company.

2019: House Democrats announced two articles of impeachmen­t against President Donald Trump, declaring that he “betrayed the nation” with his actions toward Ukraine and an obstructio­n of Congress’ investigat­ion; Trump responded with a tweet of “WITCH HUNT!”

Drummer Walter “Clyde” Orange of The Commodores is 75. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 70. Actor Susan Dey is 69. Actor John York (“General Hospital”) is 63. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 61. Actor

Nia Peeples is 60. TV chef Bobby Flay is 57. Bassist Scot Alexander of Dishwalla is 50. Drummer Meg White of The White Stripes is 47. Actor

Gavin Houston (“The Haves and the Have Nots,” “Guiding Light”) is 44. Actor Alano Miller (“Undergroun­d,” “Jane the Virgin”) is 42. Bassist Noah Harmon of Airborne Toxic Event is 40. Actor Patrick John Flueger (“Chicago P.D.”) is 38. Country singer Meghan Linsey is 36. Actor Raven-symone (“That’s So Raven,” “The Cosby Show”) is 36.

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