- 612 BC Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire. Destruction of Nineveh.
- 610 In Islam, the traditional date of the Laylat al-Qadr, when Muhammad began to receive the Qur'an
- 1497 John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to "Asia"
- 1675 King Charles II and John Flamsteed lay the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London
- 1846 US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world's largest museum and research complex
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
On August 10, 1787