Today is Sunday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2017. There are 21 days left in the year.

In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant parts of his 95 Theses, or face excommunication.

In 1898, a treaty was signed in Paris officially ending the Spanish-American War.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

In 1931, Jane Addams, known as the “mother” of social work, became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; the co-recipient was Nicholas Murray Butler.

In 1950, Civil rights leader and diplomat Ralph J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation work in the Arab-Israeli conflict. He was the first black American to receive the award.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, saying he accepted it "with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind."

In 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin's Lake Monona; one passenger, Ben Cauley, survived. The cause was never determined.

In 1972, baseball's American League adopted the designated hitter rule on an experimental basis for three years. It remains in effect. In 1980, a vote among National League team owners to adopt the DH failed.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev concluded three days of summit talks in Washington.

In 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of healing the anguished Middle East.

Birthdays: Pop-funk musician Walter "Clyde" Orange (The Commodores) is 71. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 66. Actress Susan Dey is 65. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 60. Actor John York (TV: "General Hospital") is 59. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 57. Actress Nia Peeples is 56. TV chef Bobby Flay is 53. Rock musician Meg White (The White Stripes) is 43. Violinist Sarah Chang is 37.

Thought for Today: "Originality and a feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle." -- Feodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author (1821-1881).