On This Day: December 10th

December 10th:

1799- Metric system first adopted in France

1901- First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy

1690- Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money

1817- Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union

1864- General Sherman’s armies reach Savannah & 12 day siege begins

1869- Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)

1884- “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error)

1901- First Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays

1903- Nobel Prize for physics awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie for their study of spontaneous radiation

1904- Ivan Pavlov awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for work on the physiology of digestion, first Russian to win a Nobel Prize

1906- US President Theodore Roosevelt is the 1st American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

1909- Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

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