Today is Wednesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2003 with 21 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Venus, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include Francis Gallaudet, founder of the first free school for the deaf, in 1787; poet Emily Dickinson in 1830; librarian Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal book classification system, in 1851; bandleader Vincent Lopez in 1894; TV newscaster Chet Huntley in 1911; actress Dorothy Lamour in 1914; actor Harold Gould in 1923 (age 80); actress Susan Dey in 1952 (age 51); and actor Kenneth Branaugh in 1960 (age 43).
On this date in history:
In 1869, the Territory of Wyoming granted women the right to vote.
In 1898, Spain signed a treaty officially ending the Spanish-American War. It gave Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the United States.
In 1901, the Nobel prizes were first awarded in Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1927, the Grand Ole Opry made its first radio broadcast from Nashville.
In 1941, Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines in the early days of World War II.
1950 Bunche receives Nobel Peace Prize
In 1950, American diplomat Ralph Joseph Bunche receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his peace mediation during the first Arab-Israeli war. He was the first African American to win the prestigious award.
In 1984, the National Science Foundation reported the discovery of the first planet outside our solar system, orbiting a star 21 million light years from Earth.
In 1990, the communists won a major victory in the first postwar multi-party elections in the Yugoslavian republics of Serbia and Montenegro.
In 1991, TV commentator Patrick Buchanan announced a bid to challenge President Bush for the Republican presidential nomination.
Also in 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York law that allowed a criminal's profits for selling his story to be seized and given to his victims.
In 1992, Sen. Packwood, R-Ore., apologized to the women who had accused him of sexual harassment and promised he would not do it again.
In 1997, the Swiss high court ruled that $100 million of the money that had been salted away in banks by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos would be returned to the Philippine government.
In 2002, the Roman Catholic diocese of Manchester, N.H., admitted responsibility for failing to protect children from abusive priests.
A thought for the day: Marcel Proust said, "Only through art can we get outside of ourselves and know another's view of the universe ..."