On this day: December 10

Published On: Dec 09 2012 02:41:09 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 10 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.

OTD December 10 - Ed Wood
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1978: Filmmaker Edward D. Wood Jr., known for his low-budget films in the 1950s, including "Glen or Glenda" and "Plan 9 from Outer Space," dies of a heart attack at the age of 54 in Los Angeles.

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