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On this day: December 10

Published On: Dec 09 2012 02:41:09 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 10 2013 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 - Human Rights
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

1948: The United Nations General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Palais de Chaillot, Paris. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of World War II and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. Pictured is first lady Eleanor Roosevelt with the Spanish version of the declaration.

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