Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2018 with 21 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include mathematician Ada Lovelace in 1815; poet Emily Dickinson in 1830; librarian Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal book classification system, in 1851; poet Nelly Sachs in 1891; actor Tommy Kirk in 1941 (age 77); actor Susan Dey in 1952 (age 66); actor Michael Clarke Duncan in 1957; actor/director Kenneth Branagh in 1960 (age 58); singer/actor Nia Peeples in 1961 (age 57); celebrity chef Bobby Flay in 1964 (age 54); musician Meg White in 1974 (age 44); actor Emmanuelle Chriqui in 1975 (age 43); actor Xavier Samuel in 1983 (age 35); actor Raven-Symone Pearman in 1985 (age 33).
On this date in history:
In 1768, Encyclopedia Britannica was first published.
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 2013, Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors, the first woman to head a major automotive company.
In 2017, the Thomas Fire grew to 173,000 acres in Southern California, prompting evacuations in Santa Barbara County. The wildfire, which lasted from Dec. 4 to Jan. 12 ended up destroying 281,893 acres, the largest in modern California history, and 1,063 structures. Twenty-three people died.
A thought for the day: "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." -- Dale Carnegie