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The Tenth of December

December 10th : Themes for celebration and contemplation

If you are looking for some themes and points of interest to add to your advent countdown, the Bulldogz Christmas spirit is in full flow and we can provide you with some of the fun, serious and little known points of celebration for each day on this magical countdown.

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December 10

Dewey Decimal System Day

Once more America provide us with one of those surreal celebrations. The 10th of December is the birthday of Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) inventor of the Dewey Decimal library classification system

The DDC has been in use since 1876 and divides books into ten primary categories.

Some fun games to help introduce kids to libraries and the Dewey Decimal system here

A range of teaching activities for the Dewey Decimal system here

Nobel Prize Day

Since 1901 the Nobel prizes have been awarded annually on December 10th, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death.

The Award ceremony can be watched live at the Nobel Prize website

The website also contains a large teaching resource database here

Lesson Planet also have a variety of Nobel Prize themed classes and materials here

Human Rights Day

A United Nations observance, which has many events and resources collected here

There are numerous resources available for classes on this topic, a selection are listed below:

International Animal Rights Day

A movement developed in reaction to the UN observed day on Human rights. More information can be found on their own website here

The TES website has a 6 lesson series related to the issues covered by this annual observance here

International Shareware Day

The second Saturday of December is a day to celebrate the altruistic nature of freely available software.

To celebrate here is a list of educational related shareware to download

December 10th in History


  • 1520 – Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg's Elster Gate.

  • 1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published.

  • 1901 – The first Nobel Prize ceremony is held in Stockholm on the fifth anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death.

  • 1936 – Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII signs the Instrument of Abdication.


  • 1815 – Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and computer scientist (d. 1852)

  • 1960 – Kenneth Brannagh, Northern Ireland-born English actor director, producer, and screenwriter


  • 1896 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist and engineer, invented Dynamite and founded the Nobel Prize (b. 1833)

  • 1928 – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect and painter (b. 1868)

  • 1967 – Otis Redding, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1941)

  • 2005 – Richard Pryor, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1940)

  • 2020 – Barbara Windsor, English actress (b. 1937)

Christmas films

An animated film in which a boy travels to the North Pole on a magical train

A milestone in CGI film making and a perfect tale to enjoy whilst warm on the sofa as the winter wails outside. It is Chrsitmas magic for the little ones

Group G Second Seed: A Last 16 defeat to Love Actually in 2014

Christmas music

"it's the most wonderful time of the year" originally by Andy Williams is yet another popular Christmas hit, learn more about it on the song homepage here.

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