It’s Monday, Dec. 10, the 345th day of 2012. There are 21 days left in the year.
Highlights: In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication. In 1962, “Lawrence of Arabia," David Lean’s epic film starring Peter O’Toole as British military officer T.E. Lawrence, had its royal gala premiere in London, with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, in attendance.In 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin’s Lake Monona.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush selected William Donaldson, an investment banker with ties to Wall Street and the Bush family, as chairman of the besieged Securities and Exchange Commission.
Five years ago: Suspended NFL star Michael Vick was sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond, Va., to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed.
One year ago: Tens of thousands of Russians staged anti-government protests, charging electoral fraud and demanding an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is 56. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 52. TV chef Bobby Flay is 48. Actress Raven-Symone is 27.
— From wire reports