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This Day in History: Dec. 10

1817 Mississippi is admitted to the Union as the 20th state.
1848 Louis Napoleon is elected president of the French Republic.
1869 Wyoming Territory grants women the right to vote.
1898 The U.S. and Spanish ambassadors negotiate the Treaty of Paris, ending the Spanish-American War. Spain cedes the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam and approves the independence of Cuba.
1901 The first Nobel Prizes are awarded.
1911 American aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers lands his Wright airplane in Long Beach, CA, completing the first transcontinental flight across the U.S. in 84 days total, and about 3 days 10 hours actual flying time.
1941 Japanese forces capture Guam.
1945 The U.S. Congress invites the United Nations to establish its headquarters in the U.S.
1948 The UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
1958 National Airlines operates the first domestic jet passenger service in the United States, between New York and Miami.
2003 The Supreme Court, 5-4, upholds the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which bans unlimited "soft money" contributions to political parties.


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