Actor Tommy Kirk is 71.
Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 71.
Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) is 71.
Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 61.
Actress Susan Dey is 60.
Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 52.
Actress Nia Peeples is 51.
TV chef Bobby Flay is 48.
Country singer Kevin Sharp is 42.
Violinist Sarah Chang is 32.
Rock musician Noah Harmon (Airborne Toxic Event) is 31.
Actress Raven-Symone is 27.
1520 Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face excommunication.
1787 Thomas H. Gallaudet, a pioneer of educating the deaf, was born in Philadelphia.
1861 The Confederacy admitted Kentucky as it recognized a pro-Southern shadow state government that was acting without the authority of the pro-Union government in Frankfort.
Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded on this date to: President Theodore Roosevelt (1906); Jane Addams (1931); Ralph J. Bunche (1950) and Martin Luther King Jr. (1964).
1962 "Lawrence of Arabia," David Lean's epic film starring Peter O'Toole as British military officer T.E. Lawrence, had its royal gala premiere in London, with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, in attendance.
1967 Singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin's Lake Monona.
In The Star
Dec. 10, 1937, in The Star: After settling several other items on its agenda last night, the Anniston City Council turned to talk of a city swimming pool in an effort to get that project going again. At one time a swimming pool had been approved as a Works Progress Administration project, but apparently was dropped due to a change in WPA policy. A pool for the city’s black residents was also pointed out as an additional need. An editorial commends the city councilmen “on their perspicacity” for raising the topic again, despite the sub-freezing temperatures these days that would cause most people to avoid thinking about aquatic recreation.
Dec. 10, 1987, in The Star: Some Anniston city councilmen may have attended a secret meeting with black leaders last night to discuss efforts to have 15th Street named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But the councilmen either deny they attended a meeting or refuse to discuss the meeting — during which black leaders met at least twice, once with council members apparently present. Rev. Freddy Rimpsey has for some time now led an effort to get the street’s name changed and is now at the stage where he says he has solid support for a black boycott of Anniston businesses if the renaming doesn’t take place in a timely manner.