Today is Saturday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2016. There are 21 days left in the year.
On Dec. 10, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face excommunication.
In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union.
In 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; the co-recipient was Nicholas Murray Butler.
In 1946, newspaperman Damon Runyon, known for his short stories featuring colorful Broadway denizens, died at a New York hospital at age 66.
In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award.
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 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin's Lake Monona.
In 1972, baseball's American League adopted the designated hitter rule on an experimental basis for three years.
In 1984, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1986, human rights advocate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of healing the anguished Middle East.
In 1996, South African President Nelson Mandela signed the country's new constitution into law during a ceremony in Sharpeville.