"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.
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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