December 10 - The First Nobel Prizes are Awarded

On this day in 1901, the first Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace were awarded. The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards which are given in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The prize is one of most recognizable and distinguishable accomplishments a person can achieve.

While the award holds a high level of prestige, the prize has come under harsh criticism over the years. One of the biggest mysteries and controversies surrounding the award is that Mohandas Gandhi never won the award for "Peace" although he was nominated for it on five different occasions.

Notable winners of the Nobel Prizes include Al Gore (Peace), Barack Obama (Peace), Ernest Hemingway (Literature), Winston Churchill (Literature), and the man who first discovered how to use X-Rays, Wilhelm Rontgen (Physics).


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