Monday, December 10, 2012
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On December 10 in

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.

Birthdays of Monday, Dec. 10:

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.

TV listings

American Country Awards, 7 p.m. on Fox: Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth return to host this third annual ceremony, in which the award winners are chosen by fan votes. Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town are among the artists scheduled to perform.

Untold History of the United States, 7 p.m. on Showtime The documentary series continues with the new episode "The '50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World." President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, take over from Harry Truman. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin dies, but the Cold War only grows colder. The episode also explores the hydrogen bomb, the doctrine of nuclear annihilation and U.S. policy toward the Third World.

NFL Football, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN An AFC Championship preview could be in store tonight as the East-leading New England Patriots host the South's top team, the Houston Texans.

American Pickers, 8 p.m. on History Channel While in Washington state, Mike and his brother Robbie stumble upon a couple of amazing items. As if finding a 1915 Harley motorcycle weren't enough, they check out a collection that's three generations in the making and discover an antique bear trap that could be worth as much as $6,000. Back home, Danielle and Frank join forces to play a prank on Mike in this new episode.

Mel Brooks Strikes Back! 8 p.m. on HBO Mel Brooks opens up for an intimate evening of show-and-tell comedy with the BBC's Alan Yentob. From his childhood "potty humor" influences to his ascension to the comedy A-list, this 60-minute conversation underscores the brilliance and continued playfulness of Brooks' fertile comic mind.

Take It All, 8:01 p.m. on NBC: Howie Mandel hosts this game show — so you might want to skip it on that feature alone — which is patterned on the "white elephant" or "Yankee swap" gift exchange, in which a contestant selects and opens a prize worth thousands of dollars. The next player is then faced with a dilemma: Steal a prize that has already been revealed or take a chance with another unopened prize, hoping what's inside is worth more? The show airs nightly through Friday and concludes on Dec. 17. This sounds like a lot of fun — when it was called Let's Make a Deal.

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