Today In History Spotlights Dec. 10, 1906, President Roosevelt Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. During his presidency, Roosevelt negotiated peace between various nations. He helped solve a trade dispute between the US and Mexico, as well as a conflict between France and Germany over interests in Morocco. Likewise, he prevented a conflict between the US and Japan by sending the Great White Fleet on a trip around the world to showcase US naval power.

Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize, however, for his role in mediating the Russo-Japanese War. This conflict began on February 8, 1904, and ended on September 5, 1905.

What Happened On This Day – December 10

  • 2007 Argentina swears in first female elected President. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the first elected female President of Argentina.
  • 2001 Release of the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The award winning movie called The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was directed by Peter Jackson and was based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
  • 1948 U.N. General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document proclaimed, for the first time, fundamental human rights were to be universally protected.
  • 1901 First Nobel prize awarded. Five years after the death of Swedish chemist and inventor, Alfred Nobel’s, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded.
  • 1817 Mississippi becomes 20th state. Mississippi becomes the 20th state in the United States.

Births On This Day – December 10

  • 1956 Rod Blagojevich – American politician, 40th Governor of Illinois
  • 1908 Olivier Messiaen – French composer, ornithologist
  • 1878 C. Rajagopalachari – Indian lawyer, politician, 1st Governor General of India
  • 1830 Emily Dickinson – American poet
  • 1815 Ada Lovelace – English mathematician

Deaths On This Day – December 10

  • 2006 Augusto Pinochet – Chilean general, politician, 30th President of Chile
  • 1999 Franjo Tuđman – Croatian general, politician, 1st President of Croatia
  • 1967 Otis Redding – American singer-songwriter, producer
  • 1951 Algernon Blackwood – English author
  • 1896 Alfred Nobel – Swedish chemist, engineer, invented dynamite, founded the Nobel Prize

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