Today is Monday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2018. There are 21 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor Tommy Kirk is 77. Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 77. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tavares is 77. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 67. Actress Susan Dey is 66. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is 62. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 61. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 58. White Stripes drummer Meg White is 44. Violinist Sarah Chang is 38.

In 1898, a treaty was signed in Paris officially ending the Spanish-American War.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.


In 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; the co-recipient was Nicholas Murray Butler.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, saying he accepted it ‘‘with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.’’

In 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin’s Lake Monona; one passenger, Ben Cauley, survived.

In 1987, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev concluded three days of summit talks in Washington.

In 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of healing the anguished Middle East.

In 1995, the first group of Marines arrived in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to join NATO soldiers sent to enforce peace in former Yugoslavia.

In 2005, former Senator Eugene McCarthy died in Washington, D.C., at age 89; actor-comedian Richard Pryor died in Encino, Calif., at age 65.

In 2007, former vice president Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis.


In 2008, defying calls for his resignation, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich showed up for work on his 52nd birthday despite charges he’d schemed to enrich himself by offering to sell president-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

In 2013, General Motors named product chief Mary Barra its chief executive, making her the first woman to run a US car company.

Last year, a massive wildfire threatened neighborhoods around Los Angeles.