On this day: December 10

POSTED: 12:41 AM PST Dec 09, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 09, 2015 

"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 - Shirley Hemphill
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1999: Actress and comedian Shirley Hemphill, best known as wisecracking waitress Shirley Wilson on the sitcoms "What's Happening!!" and "What's Happening Now!!," dies of renal failure at age 52 in West Covina, California.


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