Dec. 9, 1971: Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the first African-American to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, died. He was 67. Bunche was also the undersecretary at the United Nations from 1955 to 1971.

Dec. 10, 1964: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest recipient of the prestigious award.

Dec. 11, 1989: The State Appeals Court of New York reversed the verdicts on the three white youth convicted in the murder of Michael Griffith, 23, whom they chased onto the Belt Freeway near Howard Beach. The ruling was reversed, the court said, because the freeway was just improperly instructed.