Today is Saturday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2016 with 21 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include Thomas Hopkins 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; actor Una Merkel in 1903; TV newscaster Chet Huntley in 1911; actors Dorothy Lamour in 1914, Harold Gould in 1923, Dan Blocker in 1928, Tommy Kirk in 1941 (age 75) and Susan Dey in 1952 (age 64); actor/director Kenneth Branagh in 1960 (age 56); singer/actor Nia Peeples in 1961 (age 55); musician Meg White in 1974 (age 42); and actor Raven-Symone Pearman in 1985 (age 31).
On this date in history:
In 1817, Mississippi joined the United States as the 20th state.
In 1869, the Territory of Wyoming granted women the right to vote.
In 1884, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain was published.
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 1906, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1941, Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines in the early days of World War II.
In 1950, U.S. diplomat Ralph Joseph Bunche received the Nobel Peace Prize for his peace mediation during the first Arab-Israeli war. He was the first African-American to win the award.
In 1984, the National Science Foundation reported the discovery of the first planet outside the solar system -- 21 million light-years from Earth.
In 1990, communists won a major victory in the first postwar multiparty elections in the Yugoslavian republics of Serbia and Montenegro.
In 2002, the Roman Catholic diocese of Manchester, N.H., admitted responsibility for failing to protect children from abusive priests.
In 2010, Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, represented by a portrait and an empty chair, was honored during the Nobel presentations in Oslo, Norway. Liu was in a northeastern China prison serving an 11-year sentence for subversion and his family was forbidden from attending the ceremony.
In 2011, Western countries and the U.N. urged calm in the Democratic Republic of Congo after President Joseph Kabila was declared the winner in disputed elections.
In 2012, in the first 10 months of the year, 1,625 U.S. soldiers were discharged from the Army for being overweight, a military report said.
In 2013, a man and woman and four children, ages 3-10, were found alive near an overturned Jeep in Nevada after more than two days in temperatures that got as low as minus 20. The adults, James Glanton and Christina McIntee, heated rocks and put them in a spare tire to keep the children from freezing.
A thought for the day: "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." -- Dale Carnegie