10th December 2011

1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are executed for having an affair with Catherine Howard, wife of Henry VIII.

1684 – Isaac Newton derives Kepler’s Laws from his theory of gravity and it is read to the Royal Society.

1799 – France adopts the metre as its official unit of measurement.

1868 – The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London.

1884 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is first published.

1901 – The first Nobel Prize is awarded.

1907 – Riots in London as 1000 medical students protest and are faced by 400 police officers. The students were marching against a statue that remembers animals that had been vivisected.

1911 – The first transcontinental flight across the US is completed. It began on 17th September 1911.

1941 – Two ships, one of them HMS Prince Of Wales, are sunk by Japanese ships at Malaya.

1968 – The 300 million Yen heist takes place in Japan. It remains the biggest robbery in Japanese history and still remains unsolved.

1993 – The last shift leaves Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland, ending the mining communities of Cumbria which have been around since the Middle Ages. The pit itself was 156 years old.


Clive Anderson – Broadcaster (1952)


Alfred Nobel – Inventor and founder of Nobel Prize (d. 1896, stroke), Red Cloud – Sioux Chief (d. 1909), Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Designer (d. 1928, cancer), Richard Pryor – Comedian/Actor (2005, Cardiac Arrest)

Number 1s

Harry Belafonte – Mary’s Boy Child (1957)

Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand (1963)

Scaffold – Lily The Pink (1968)

Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything (1974)

Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You (1985)

Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers – Let’s Party (1989)

Michael Jackson – Earth Song (1995)

Eminem & Dido – Stan (2000)

Take That – Patience (2006)


Q1: Who wrote the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

Q2: Clive Anderson presented which TV programme for the 10 years it ran between 1988-1998?

Q3: Charles Rennie Mackintosh appears on which Scottish note issued by which bank?


Author: alexneal92

I am 23 years of age residing just outside Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. I am a journalism graduate from Edinburgh Napier University, racing greyhound tipster, and have a passion for sports, politics and travel. I have other interests in most sports as well as the dramatic arts.

3 thoughts on “10th December 2011”

  1. 1. Mark Twain?
    2. Can’t remember
    3. 20

    Heard Lily the Pink on Sounds of the Sixties this morning. Great party record.

    Otis Redding, singer, was killed in a plane crash on this day in 1967, 3 days after recording the Dock of the Bay, which was a big posthumous hit.

    Sir Keith Joseph, senior Tory politician, died on this day in 1994 at the age of 76.

    1. 1 – Mark Twain
      2 – Whose Line Is It Anyway?
      3 – 100, issued by Clydesdale Bank

      Shame about Otis Redding – how far would he have gone after such a big hit – or was the hit big because of the tragedy?

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