What Happened on August 10

Historical Events

  • 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
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Did You Know?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

On August 10, 1787

Famous Weddings

  • 1848 Inventor Samuel Morse (57) weds Sarah Elizabeth Griswold in Utica, New York
  • 1912 British literary figure (author of "To the Lighthouse") Virginia Woolf (30) weds political theorist Leonard Woolf (31)
  • 1933 Actress Hedy Lamarr (19) weds Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik chairman Friedrich Mandl (33)
  • 1941 Actor Jackie Coogan (26) weds actress Flower Parry in Gardnerville, Nevada
  • 1946 Pulp fiction author and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard (35) weds Sara Northrup Hollister

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 Actor Johnathon Schaech (37) divorces actress Christina Applegate (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 4 years of marriage
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