Thursday, the 10th of December 2015 is the 344th day in 2015 and in the 50th calendar week.
General Events:
Human Rights Day
December 10, 2015 in the World
Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10, 2015. The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.
Human Rights Day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and nongovernmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organisations.
The Declaration of Human Rights arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws. The Guinness Book of Records describes the UDHR as the “Most Translated Document” in the world.
While not a treaty itself, the Declaration of Human Rights was explicitly adopted for the purpose of defining the meaning of the words “fundamental freedoms” and “human rights” appearing in the United Nations Charter, which is binding on all member states. For this reason the Universal Declaration is a fundamental constitutive document of the United Nations. Many international lawyers, in addition, believe that the Declaration forms part of customary international law[ and is a powerful tool in applying diplomatic and moral pressure to governments that violate any of its articles.
In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 March, in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21 March 1960. This massacre occurred as a result of protests against the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
Where is Human Rights Day?
Worldwide
Nobel Prize Day
December 10, 2015 in the World
On November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize. His family opposed the establishment of the Nobel Prize, and the prize awarders he named refused to do what he had requested in his will. It was five years before the first Nobel Prize could be awarded in 1901.
The Nobel Laureates are announced at the beginning of October each year. A couple of months later, on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, they receive their prizes from the Swedish King – a Nobel diploma, a medal, and 10 million Swedish crowns per prize. All Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, except for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded in Oslo, Norway. (When Alfred Nobel was alive, Norway and Sweden were united under one monarch, until 1905 when Norway became an independent kingdom with its own king.)
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Jane Addams Day
December 10, 2015 in the USA
On December 10, 2007, Illinois celebrated the first annual Jane Addams Day. Jane Addams Day was initiated by a dedicated school teacher from Dongola, Illinois, assisted by the Illinois Division of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was a pioneer American settlement activist/reformer, social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women’s suffrage and world peace. She created the first Hull House. In an era when presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson identified themselves as reformers and social activists, Addams was one of the most prominent reformers of the Progressive Era. She helped turn America to issues of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, local public health, and world peace. She said that if women were to be responsible for cleaning up their communities and making them better places to live, they needed to be able to vote to do so effectively. Addams became a role model for middle-class women who volunteered to uplift their communities. She is increasingly being recognized as a member of the American pragmatist school of philosophy. In 1889 she co-founded Hull House, and in 1920 she was a co-founder for the ACLU. In 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is recognized as the founder of the social work profession in the United States.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
International Animal Rights Day  in the World
International Animal Rights Day (IARD) aims to serve the same purpose as it does every year – reminding human beings that every creature on the planet deserves to be treated with equal kindness and respect.
Unfortunately, there are many animals all over the world who are cruelly mistreated.   ‘Uncaged’ work and protest to stop the abuse and and vivisection of animals, which is cutting them up and using them for scientific research. 
IARDs in the past have been a huge success by groups who have joined them in holding candllit vigils at places like factory farms, shopping centres and other public places.   Or the parliaments, in an attempt to have animal rights an important part of the law.  There are lots of other ways you can help, and you find all animal rights info at the International Animal Rights Day website.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Historical Events on 10th December:
1520 – Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant
1684 – Isaac Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley
1799 – Metric system adopted in France, first country to do so
1868 – The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
1869 – Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)
1898 – Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
1901 – First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded (to Jean Henri Dunant, Frederic Passy)
1902 – Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania
1907 – The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected
1926 – 2nd part of Hitler’s Mein Kampf published
1931 – Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize
1936 – Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up British throne to marry Wallis Simpson
1948 – UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1963 – Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain
1968 – Japan’s biggest heist, the still-unsolved “300 million yen robbery”, occurs in Tokyo
1978 – In Oslo, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize
1983 – Raul Alfonsin inaugurated as Argentina’s 1st civilian president
1994 – European Campaign against Racism “All different, All equal” begins
2001 – “The Fellowship of the Ring” Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London
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