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What happened on August 10? There are more than 269 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 10

August 10 is the 223rd day of the year 2020. There are 143 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 33rd week of the year 2020.

On this day in Santa Monica, California 90403 sunrise will occur at 06:12 AM and sunset will occur at 07:45 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 186 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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August 10: A Day In History

The term ‘the 10th of August’is widely used by historians as a shorthand for the Storming of the Tuileries Palace on the 10th of August, 1792, the effective end of the French monarchy until it is restored in 1814.

Historical Events For August 10

  • 955
    Battle of Lechfeld: Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor defeats the Magyars, ending 50 years of Magyar invasion of the West.
  • 991
    Battle of Maldon: the English, led by Byrhtnoth, Ealdorman of Essex, are defeated by a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex.
  • 1270
    Yekuno Amlak takes the imperial throne of Ethiopia, restoring the Solomonic dynasty to power after a 100-year Zagwe interregnum.
  • 1316
    The Second Battle of Athenry takes place near Athenry during the Bruce campaign in Ireland.
  • 1519
    Ferdinand Magellan’s five ships set sail from Seville to circumnavigate the globe. The Basque second in command Sebastian Elcano will complete the expedition after Magellan’s death in the Philippines.
  • 1557
    Battle of St. Quentin: Spanish victory over the French in the Habsburg-Valois Wars.
  • 1628
    The Swedish warship ship sinks in the Stockholm harbour after only about 20 minutes of her maiden voyage.
  • 1675
    The foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London is laid.
  • 1680
    The Pueblo Revolt begins in New Mexico.
  • 1755
    Under the orders of Charles Lawrence, the British Army begins to forcibly deport the Acadians from Nova Scotia to the Thirteen Colonies.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
  • 1792
    French Revolution: Storming of the Tuileries Palace – Louis XVI of France is arrested and taken into custody as his Swiss Guards are massacred by the Parisian mob.
  • 1793
    The Musée du Louvre is officially opened in Paris, France.
  • 1809
    Quito, now the capital of Ecuador, declares independence from Spain. This rebellion will be crushed on August 2, 1810.
  • 1813
    Instituto Nacional, is founded by the Chilean patriot José Miguel Carrera. It is Chile’s oldest and most prestigious school. Its motto is Labor Omnia Vincit, which means “Work conquers all things”.
  • 1821
    Missouri is admitted as the 24th U.S. state.
  • 1846
    The Smithsonian Institution is chartered by the United States Congress after James Smithson donates $500,000.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Battle of Wilson’s Creek – the war enters Missouri when a band of raw Confederate troops defeat Union forces in the southwestern part of the state.
  • 1901
    The U.S. Steel Recognition Strike by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers begins.
  • 1904
    Russo-Japanese War: the Battle of the Yellow Sea between the Russian and Japanese battleship fleets takes place.
  • 1905
    Russo-Japanese War: peace negotiations begin in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
  • 1913
    Second Balkan War: delegates from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, and Greece sign the Treaty of Bucharest, ending the war.
  • 1920
    World War I: Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI’s representatives sign the Treaty of Sèvres that divides up the Ottoman Empire between the Allies.
  • 1932
    A 5.1 kg chondrite-type meteorite breaks into at least seven pieces and lands near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.
  • 1944
    World War II: American forces defeat the last Japanese troops on Guam.
  • 1948
    Candid Camera makes its television debut after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone.
  • 1949
    U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act Amendment, streamlining the defense agencies of the United States government, and replacing the Department of War with the United States Department of Defense.
  • 1954
    At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Saint Lawrence Seaway is held.
  • 1961
    First use in Vietnam War of the Agent Orange by the U.S. Army.
  • 1969
    A day after murdering Sharon Tate and four others, members of Charles Manson’s cult kill Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
  • 1971
    The Society for American Baseball Research is founded in Cooperstown, New York.
  • 1977
    In Yonkers, New York, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) is arrested for a series of killings in the New York City area over the period of one year.
  • 1978
    Three members of the Ulrich family are killed in an accident. This leads to the Ford Pinto litigation.
  • 1981
    Murder of Adam Walsh: the head of John Walsh’s son is found. This inspires the creation of the television series America’s Most Wanted.
  • 1988
    Japanese American internment: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing $20,000 payments to Japanese Americans who were either interned in or relocated by the United States during World War II.
  • 1990
    More than 127 Muslims are killed in North East Sri Lanka by paramilitary troops.
  • 1990
    The Magellan space probe reaches Venus.
  • 1993
    An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand.
  • 1995
    Oklahoma City bombing: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are indicted for the bombing. Michael Fortier pleads guilty in a plea-bargain for his testimony.
  • 1998
    HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah is proclaimed the crown prince of Brunei with a Royal Proclamation.
  • 2003
    The highest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom – 38.5 °C in Kent. It is the first time the United Kingdom has recorded a temperature over 100 °F.
  • 2003
    Yuri Malenchenko becomes the first person to marry in space.
  • 2006
    Scotland Yard disrupts a major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States.
  • 2009
    Twenty people are killed in Handlová, Trenčín Region, in the deadliest mining disaster in Slovakia’s history.

Who Were Born On August 10?

  • 1267
    King James II of Aragon (d. 1327)
  • 1296
    King John of Bohemia (d. 1346)
  • 1360
    Francesco Zabarella, Italian jurist (d. 1417)
  • 1397
    Albert II of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1439)
  • 1489
    Jacob Sturm von Sturmeck, German statesman and reformer (d. 1553)
  • 1520
    Madeleine of Valois, French-born Queen consort of the Scots, wife of James V of Scotland (d. 1537)
  • 1560
    Hieronymus Praetorius, German composer (d. 1629)
  • 1602
    Gilles de Roberval, French mathematician (d. 1675)
  • 1645
    Eusebio Kino, Italian Catholic missionary (d. 1711)
  • 1737
    Anton Losenko, Russian painter (d. 1773)
  • 1744
    Alexandrine Le Normant d'Étiolles, French daughter of Madame de Pompadour (d. 1754)
  • 1805
    Ferenc Toldy, German-Hungarian literary critic (d. 1875)
  • 1809
    John Kirk Townsend, American naturalist (d. 1851)
  • 1810
    Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, Italian diplomat and politician (d. 1861)
  • 1814
    Henri Nestlé, Swiss industrialist (d. 1890)
  • 1821
    Jay Cooke, American financier (d. 1905)
  • 1823
    Hugh Stowell Brown, Manx preacher (d. 1886)
  • 1827
    Lovro Toman, Slovenian politician (d. 1870)
  • 1839
    Aleksandr Stoletov, Russian physicist (d. 1896)
  • 1845
    Abai Qunanbaiuli, Kazakh poet (d. 1904)
  • 1856
    William Willett, English daylight saving time advocate (d. 1915)
  • 1860
    Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musicologist (d. 1936)
  • 1865
    Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer (d. 1936)
  • 1869
    Laurence Binyon, British poet (d. 1943)
  • 1872
    Bill Johnson, American double-bassist (d. 1972)
  • 1874
    Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (d. 1964)
  • 1877
    Frank Marshall, American chess player (d. 1944)
  • 1878
    Alfred Döblin, German writer (d. 1957)
  • 1880
    Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and politician (d. 1964)
  • 1884
    Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (d. 1935)
  • 1889
    Charles Darrow, American board game creator (Monopoly) (d. 1967)
  • 1890
    Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician (d. 1954)
  • 1891
    Henry O'Neill, American actor (d. 1961)
  • 1894
    V. V. Giri, Indian politician (d. 1980)
  • 1895
    Hammy Love, Australian cricketer (d. 1969)
  • 1897
    John W. Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1898
    Jack Haley, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1900
    Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt, New Zealand politician and sprinter (d. 1994)
  • 1902
    Arne Tiselius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1902
    Curt Siodmak, German-born English novelist and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1902
    Norma Shearer, Canadian actress (d. 1983)
  • 1903
    Ward Moore, American novelist (d. 1978)
  • 1905
    Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (d. 1986)
  • 1907
    Su Yu, Chinese Communist military leader (d. 1984)
  • 1908
    Billy Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • 1908
    Rica Erickson, Australian naturalist and botanic (d. 2009)
  • 1909
    Leo Fender, American luthier (d. 1991)
  • 1911
    A. N. Sherwin-White, English historian (d. 1993)
  • 1912
    Jorge Amado, Brazilian novelist (d. 2001)
  • 1913
    Noah Beery, Jr., American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1913
    Wolfgang Paul, German physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1993)
  • 1914
    Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (d. 1973)
  • 1914
    Jeff Corey, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1919
    Sacha Vierny, French cinematographer (d. 2001)
  • 1920
    Red Holzman, American basketball coach (d. 1998)
  • 1923
    Fred Ridgway, English cricketer
  • 1923
    Rhonda Fleming, American actress
  • 1923
    SM Sultan, Bangladeshi painter (d. 1994)
  • 1924
    Martha Hyer, American actress
  • 1924
    Nancy Buckingham, British romance novelist
  • 1927
    Vernon Washington, American actor (d. 1988)
  • 1928
    Eddie Fisher, American singer (d. 2010)
  • 1928
    Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (d. 2010)
  • 1928
    Jimmy Dean, American singer and businessman (d. 2010)
  • 1932
    Gaudencio Rosales, Filipino cardinal and Archbishop of Manila
  • 1933
    Doyle Brunson, American poker player
  • 1933
    Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth) (d. 2005)
  • 1933
    Rocky Colavito, American baseball player
  • 1937
    Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician
  • 1939
    Kate O'Mara, British actress
  • 1940
    Bobby Hatfield, American singer (The Righteous Brothers) (d. 2003)
  • 1940
    Sid Waddell, English darts commentator
  • 1942
    Betsey Johnson, American fashion designer
  • 1943
    Jimmy Griffin, American guitarist (Bread) (d. 2005)
  • 1943
    Louise Forestier, French-Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
  • 1943
    Michael Mantler, American trumpeter and composer
  • 1943
    Ronnie Spector, American singer (The Ronettes)
  • 1943
    Shafqat Rana, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1945
    Harriet Miers, American lawyer and White House Counsel
  • 1945
    Laura Spurr, American Indian tribal chair (d. 2010)
  • 1947
    Alan Ward, English cricketer
  • 1947
    Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • 1947
    Ian Anderson, Scottish singer and flutist (Jethro Tull)
  • 1948
    Patti Austin, American singer
  • 1950
    Rémy Girard, Canadian actor
  • 1952
    Daniel Hugh Kelly, American actor
  • 1952
    Diane Venora, American actress
  • 1953
    Mark Doty, American poet and prose writer
  • 1954
    Peter Endrulat, German footballer
  • 1955
    Mel Tiangco, Filipina television personality and broadcast journalist
  • 1956
    Charlie Peacock, American record producer, singer-songwriter
  • 1956
    Fred Ottman, American wrestler
  • 1956
    Peter Robbins, American actor
  • 1958
    Jack Richards, English cricketer
  • 1959
    Florent Vollant, Innu-Canadian singer-songwriter (Kashtin)
  • 1959
    Mark Price, drummer/percussionist
  • 1959
    Rosanna Arquette, American actress
  • 1960
    Antonio Banderas, Spanish actor
  • 1960
    Kenny Perry, American golfer
  • 1960
    Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress
  • 1961
    Jon Farriss, Australian drummer (INXS)
  • 1962
    Alan Muraoka, American actor
  • 1962
    Julia Fordham, singer/songwriter
  • 1963
    Andrew Sullivan, English-born American journalist
  • 1963
    Phoolan Devi, Indian bandit (d. 2001)
  • 1964
    Aaron Hall, American songwriter
  • 1965
    Claudia Christian, American actress
  • 1965
    John Starks, American basketball player
  • 1965
    Mike E. Smith, American jockey
  • 1966
    Hansi Kürsch, German singer
  • 1967
    Gus Johnson, American sportscaster
  • 1967
    Lorraine Pearson, British singer (Five Star)
  • 1967
    Mart Sander, Estonian singer and actor
  • 1967
    Philippe Albert, Belgian footballer
  • 1967
    Reinout Scholte, Dutch cricketer
  • 1967
    Riddick Bowe, American boxer
  • 1968
    Greg Hawgood, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Michael Bivins, American singer (New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe)
  • 1968
    Pete Docter, American film director
  • 1969
    Emily Symons, Australian actress
  • 1970
    Brendon Julian, Australian cricketer
  • 1970
    Bret Hedican, American ice hockey player
  • 1970
    Steve Mautone, Australian footballer
  • 1971
    Justin Theroux, American actor
  • 1971
    Kevin Randleman, American mixed martial artist
  • 1971
    Mario Kindelán, Cuban boxer
  • 1971
    Roy Keane, Irish footballer
  • 1971
    Sal Fasano, American baseball player
  • 1971
    Stephan Groth, Danish-born Norwegian vocalist (Apoptygma Berzerk)
  • 1972
    Angie Harmon, American model and actress
  • 1972
    Christofer Johnsson, Swedish guitarist and vocalist (Therion)
  • 1972
    Lawrence Dallaglio, English rugby union footballer
  • 1973
    Javier Zanetti, Argentinian footballer
  • 1973
    Lisa Raymond, American tennis player
  • 1974
    David Sommeil, French footballer
  • 1974
    Luis Marín, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1974
    Rachel Simmons, American feminist and author
  • 1975
    İlhan Mansız, Turkish footballer
  • 1976
    Michael Depoli, American wrestler
  • 1977
    Aaron Kamin, American guitarist and songwriter (The Calling)
  • 1977
    Danny Griffin, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1977
    Matt Morgan, British comedian
  • 1978
    Chris Read, English cricketer
  • 1978
    Claire Yiu, Hong Kong actress
  • 1978
    Daniel Allsopp, Australian footballer
  • 1978
    Marcus Fizer, American basketball player
  • 1979
    Brandon Lyon, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Dinusha Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1979
    Joanna García, American actress
  • 1979
    Ted Geoghegan, American filmmaker and author
  • 1979
    Yannick Schroeder, French racing driver
  • 1980
    Stu Bennett, English wrestler
  • 1981
    Malek Mouath,Saudi Arabian footballer
  • 1981
    Natsumi Abe, Japanese singer
  • 1981
    Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian badminton player
  • 1982
    Devon Aoki, American model and actress
  • 1982
    Josh Anderson, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Alexander Perezhogin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Chrisna Bootha, South African netballer
  • 1983
    Mathieu Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Ryan Eggold, American actor
  • 1985
    Enrico Cortese, Italian footballer
  • 1985
    Roy O'Donovan, Irish footballer
  • 1986
    Ryan Torain, American football player
  • 1988
    Gianluca Nicco, Italian footballer
  • 1989
    Ben Sahar, Israeli footballer
  • 1989
    Sam Gagner, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1990
    Lucas Till, American actor
  • 1992
    Ko Ah-seong, South Korean actress
  • 1993
    Yuto Nakajima, Japanese actor and singer

Who Died On August 10?

  • 258
    Lawrence of Rome (Saint Lawrence), Spanish-born deacon of Rome (martyred) (b. 225)
  • 1535
    Ippolito de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1509)
  • 1637
    Johann Gerhard, German Lutheran leader (b. 1582)
  • 1653
    Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral (b. 1598)
  • 1655
    Alfonso de la Cueva, marqués de Bedmar, Spanish cardinal and diplomat (b. 1572)
  • 1723
    Guillaume Dubois, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1656)
  • 1759
    King Ferdinand VI of Spain (b. 1713)
  • 1784
    Allan Ramsay, Scottish painter (b. 1713)
  • 1802
    Franz Aepinus, German natural philosopher (b. 1724)
  • 1806
    Michael Haydn, Austrian composer (b. 1737)
  • 1839
    John St Aubyn, British fossil collector (b. 1758)
  • 1862
    Honinbo Shusaku, Japanese Go player (b. 1829)
  • 1875
    Karl Andree, German geographer (b. 1808)
  • 1896
    Otto Lilienthal, German aviation pioneer (b. 1848)
  • 1904
    Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau, French statesman (b. 1846)
  • 1915
    Henry Moseley, English physicist (b. 1887)
  • 1918
    Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace (b. 1897)
  • 1920
    Ádám Politzer, Hungarian-Austrian physician (b. 1835)
  • 1928
    Rex Cherryman, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 1929
    Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (b. 1878)
  • 1932
    Rin Tin Tin, American canine film actor (b. 1918)
  • 1945
    Robert H. Goddard, American rocket scientist (b. 1882)
  • 1948
    Andrew Brown, Scottish football coach (b. 1870)
  • 1948
    Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian (b. 1873)
  • 1948
    Montague Summers, English writer (b. 1880)
  • 1958
    Frank Demaree, American baseball player (b. 1910)
  • 1963
    Ernst Wetter, Swiss jurist (b. 1877)
  • 1963
    Estes Kefauver, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 1969
    János Kodolányi, Hungarian writer (b. 1899)
  • 1969
    Leno LaBianca, American businessman (b. 1925)
  • 1969
    Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (b. 1930)
  • 1976
    Bert Oldfield, Australian cricketer (b. 1894)
  • 1979
    Dick Foran, American actor (b. 1910)
  • 1979
    Walter Gerlach, German physicist (b. 1889)
  • 1980
    Yahya Khan, Pakistani politician (b. 1917)
  • 1982
    Anderson Bigode Herzer, Brazilian writer and poet (b. 1962)
  • 1985
    Nate Barragar, American football player (b. 1906)
  • 1986
    Alan Rouse, British mountaineer (b. 1951)
  • 1987
    Georgios Athanasiadis-Novas, Greek lawyer and politician (b. 1893)
  • 1993
    Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth), Norwegian guitarist (Mayhem) (b. 1968)
  • 1997
    Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (b. 1912)
  • 1997
    Jean-Claude Lauzon, Quebec film director (b. 1953)
  • 1999
    Paṇḍit Baldev Upadhyaya, Indian Sanskrit scholar (b. 1899)
  • 2000
    Gilbert Parkhouse, English cricketer (b. 1925)
  • 2001
    Lou Boudreau, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • 2002
    Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1926)
  • 2002
    Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic) (b. 1962)
  • 2003
    Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer (b. c. 1944)
  • 2007
    Chris Reyka, American law enforcement official (b. 1956)
  • 2007
    Henry Cabot Lodge Bohler, American military pilot and civil rights figure (b. 1925)
  • 2007
    James E. Faust, American religious figure (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
  • 2008
    Isaac Hayes, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist and actor (b. 1942)
  • 2010
    Adam Stansfield, English footballer (b. 1978)
  • 2011
    Jani Lane, American singer (Warrant) (b. 1964)

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