December 10

December 10 seems to be a date that gathers many great events.

Today is International Human Rights Day. This year the UN is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. The theme for this year long celebration is Dignity and Justice for all of us. December 10 was chosen on December 10, 1948 by the UN General Assembly, to commemorate the first declaration of human rights. You can learn more about Human Right Day and see how it has been celebrated in the past here.

Today is also Melvin Dewey (1851- 1931) and Emily Dickinson‘s (1830-1886) birthdays. Dewey was the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification systems for libraries. The American poetess was also born on December 10, 1830. Curiously, both Dewey and Dickinson lived in Amherst, MA around the same time.

Other interesting events that have taken place on this date include; The USA state of Wyoming grants women the vote in 1869; In 1898 the Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Spanish-American War; The first Noble Prize is awarded in 1901; A year later in 1902 women are given suffrage in Tasmania.

To see other events and birthdays on this date, look here.

Today is also my birthday!

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