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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 - metric system
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1799: France becomes the first country to adopt the metric system, with conversion being mandatory first in Paris and then across the provinces.

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