On this day: December 10

Published On: Dec 09 2012 03:41:09 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 10 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

"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.

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1520: Martin Luther publicly burns the papal edict that demanded he recant or face excommunication over his written attacks on orthodox Catholic beliefs and his denial of the power of Rome to determine what is right and wrong in matters of faith. Luther would be formally expelled from the church in January 1521.

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