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 - Walter Johnson
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1946: Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Walter Johnson, one of the most celebrated and dominating players in baseball history, dies of a brain tumor at the age of 59 in Washington, D.C. Johnson, who played his entire 21-year career for the Washington Senators, set several pitching records, some of which remain unbroken today. He still leads in all-time career shutouts with 110, is second in wins with 417 and fourth in complete games with 531. He also once held the career record in strikeouts with 3,508 and was the only player in the 3,000 strikeout club for more than 50 years until Bob Gibson joined him in 1974.

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