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 - Superman
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1978: The movie "Superman," starring Christopher Reeve as the titular superhero, premieres at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The movie went on to gross more than $300 million worldwide and spur a film franchise consisting of three direct sequels through 1987.

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