On this day: December 10

Published On: Dec 09 2012 02:41:09 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 10 2015 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 - Rick Danko
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1999: Singer-songwriter, bassist and producer Rick Danko, best known as a member of The Band, dies of heart failure at age 56 in Marbletown, New York.

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