Events in History on August 10

  • 612 BC Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire. Destruction of Nineveh.

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70 Second Temple in Jerusalem set on fire by Roman army under Titus during the capture of the city (approx)

Roman Emperor Titus
Roman Emperor
  • 610 In Islam, the traditional date of the Laylat al-Qadr, when Muhammad began to receive the Qur'an
  • 654 Pope Eugene I elected to succeed Martinus I
  • 843 Treaty of Verdun: Brothers Lotharius I, Louis the German & Charles the Bald divide France
  • 955 Battle of Lechfeld: Otto I, King of the Germans defeats the Hungarian, ending 50 years of Magyar invasion of Western Europe.
  • 991 Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalised in a well-known poem.
  • 1304 -11] Battle at Zierik Sea: Dutch & French fleet beat Flemish fleet
  • 1316 Second Battle of Athenry
  • 1461 Alfonso ed Espina, bishop of Osma urges for an Inquisition in Spain

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1497 John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to "Asia"

Explorer John Cabot
John Cabot
  • 1500 Portuguese sea captain Diego Diaz is first European to sight Madagascar
  • 1511 Portuguese troops occupy parts of Malacca
  • 1512 Battle of Saint-Mathieu (also called the Battle of Brest): an English fleet of 25 ships commanded by Sir Edward Howard and a Franco-Breton fleet of 22 ships commanded by René de Clermont.
  • 1557 Battle of St Quentin in Picardy: Lamoraal, Count of Egmont and Philibert, Duke of Savoy (Spanish Empire) beat the Duke of Montmorency (France)
  • 1566 Protestant Iconoclasm "Beeldenstorm" begins in European Low Countries

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1585 English Queen Elizabeth I signs Treaty of Nonsuch: Aid for Netherlands

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1622 John Mason and Ferdinando Gorges receive a land patent of the Province of Maine.
  • 1627 Cardinal Richelieu begins siege of La Rochelle

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Vasa

1628 Swedish warship Vasa sinks in Stockholm, killing 30

  • 1653 The Battle of Scheveningen, English fleet beats Dutch
  • 1664 Austria and the Ottoman Empire sign the Peace of Vásvár

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1675 King Charles II and John Flamsteed lay the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London

  • 1675 Portuguese-Jewish synagogue opens in Amsterdam
  • 1678 Netherlands & France sign peace treaty in Nijmegen
  • 1680 In New Mexico, Popé leads rebellion of Pueblo Indians against Spaniards
  • 1743 Earliest recorded prize fighting rules formulated
  • 1759 Carlos III becomes king of Spain
  • 1774 1st Surinam newspaper (1st Wednesday Suriname) begins publishing

AgreementUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

  • 1792 Mobs in Paris attack palace of Louis XVI
  • 1793 Louvre palace officially opens in Paris as The Museum Central des Arts
  • 1809 Ecuador declares independence from Spain (National Day)
  • 1821 Missouri admitted as 24th US state
  • 1822 Antioch Syria, hit by Earthquake; about 20,000 die
  • 1827 Race riots in Cincinnati (1,000 blacks leave for Canada)

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1831 Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • 1831 Hurricane hits Barbados; about 1,500 die
  • 1833 Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200
  • 1835 Mob of whites & oxen pulled black school to a swamp out of Canaan NH
  • 1846 US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world's largest museum and research complex
  • 1856 Hurricane washes away 2-300 revelers at Last Island, Louisiana
  • 1861 Battle of Wilson's Creek (Oak Hills) Missouri during US Civil War - General Lyon killed
  • 1862 Battle of Nueces River TX
  • 1869 O B Brown patents moving picture projector
  • 1876 1st phone call between Brantford & Paris, Canada
  • 1877 Big Hole River: Col John Gibbon murders Nez-Perce indians
  • 1885 Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore
  • 1887 Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)
  • 1889 Dan Rylands patents screw cap
  • 1893 Chinese deported from San Francisco under Exclusion Act
  • 1893 Rudolf Diesel's prime model internal combustion engine, a single 10-foot iron cylinder with a flywheel at its base, ran on its own power for the first time in Augsburg, Germany
  • 1895 1st Queen's Hall Promenade Concerto (Wagner's "Rienzi")
  • 1897 Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Automobile Club)

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1904 Angelo G Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) becomes a priest

  • 1904 Dutch newspaper Volk fires gay journalist Jacob de Cock
  • 1904 Battle of the Yellow Sea: Japanese fleet prevented Russians breaking out of Port Arthur
  • 1904 Higlanders Jack Chesbro ends string of 30 consecutive complete games
  • 1906 Pope Pius X bans Associations cults
  • 1907 Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Beijing to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally
  • 1909 Algemeene Netherland Toonkunstenars Ver (ANTV) begins
  • 1911 Parliament Act reduces power of UK's House of Lords
  • 1911 The UK House of Commons votes on a salary - of £400 annually - for its members
  • 1913 2nd Balkan War ends, Treaty of Bucharest, Bulgaria loses
  • 1914 At Liege, German 12"/16.5" guns reach Belgian boundary
  • 1914 German battle cruiser Goeben reaches Dardanellen/Turkey joins Germany
  • 1914 German troops reconquer Mulhouse in Elzas
  • 1914 WWI: French fall back at Alsace
  • 1916 Turks annex Persian city Hamadan from Russia
  • 1919 Ukrainian National Army massacres 25 Jews in Podolia Ukraine
  • 1920 Allies recognize Poland, Czechoslovakia & Romania
  • 1920 Treaty of Sèvres (Allies & Turkey)
  • 1920 Turkish government renounces its claim to Israel, recognizes British mandate

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1921 FDR stricken with polio at summer home on Canadian island of Campobello

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1925 Hurricane strikes Borculo, 4 die
  • 1926 Italian-Spanish peace treaty signed
  • 1929 Grover Alexander beats Phils 7-1 for his 373rd & last NL win
  • 1932 A 5.1-kg (11.2-pound) chondrite-type meteorite breaks into at least seven pieces and lands near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.
  • 1936 114°F (46°C) at Plain Dealing, Louisiana (state record)
  • 1936 120°F (49°C) at Ozark, Arkansas (state record)
  • 1938 119°F (48°C), Pendleton, Oregon (state record)
  • 1939 2nd Dutch De Geer government forms (1st with Social Democrats)
  • 1940 Prince Bernhard Fund forms
  • 1941 FDR & Churchill's 2nd meeting at Placentia, Newfoundland

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1942 General Bernard Montgomery appointed commander British 8th Army in North Africa

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1943 Dutch submarine attacks Hertenbeest Island, NW Bali

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1943 US General George Patton calls injured soldier "cowardly"

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton

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1943 Hitler watches lynching of allied pilots

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1944 Race riots in Athens, Alabama
  • 1944 Battle for Guam ends, US troops recapture Guam from the Japanese
  • 1944 US/French offensive at Alencon
  • 1945 Japan announces willingness to surrender to Allies provided status of Emperor Hirohito remained unchanged
  • 1949 US National Military Establishment renamed Depertment of Defense
  • 1954 Dutch Indonesian Union breaks up
  • 1954 At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.
  • 1957 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1960 Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space
  • 1960 Nicolaas Jouwe forms PANA in New Guinea
  • 1961 UK applies for membership of the European Common Market
  • 1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1965 Joe Engle in X-15 reaches 82 km
  • 1966 1st lunar orbiter launched by US
  • 1966 Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere & leaving it again
  • 1968 Race riot in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • 1970 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out
  • 1971 Twins' Harmon Killebrew is 10th to amass 500 HRs, & adds his 501st
  • 1971 During the internment round-up operation in west Belfast, the Parachute Regiment kill 11 unarmed civilians in what became known as the Ballymurphy massacre
  • 1972 1 million kg meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
  • 1973 1st BART train travels thru transbay tube to Montgomery St Station
  • 1975 David Frost purchases exclusive rights to interview Nixon
  • 1976 A Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer is shot dead by the British Army as he drove along a road in Belfast; his car then went out of control and killed 3 children, sparking a series of "peace rallies" throughout the month by a group that became known as 'Peace People'
  • 1977 US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord
  • 1977 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • 1977 Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer
  • 1977 About 100 white sympathisers joined evicted black squatters in a protest against the demolition of shanty dwellings outside Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • 1979 Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • 1980 Allen, most powerful hurricane in Caribbean hits Brownsville, Tx
  • 1981 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business
  • 1981 Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes
  • 1985 Oakland A's Dave Kingman is 21st to hit 400 HRs (off Matt Young at Seattle)
  • 1986 Billy Martin Day, his uniform number 1 retired
  • 1986 Marquis Theater opens at 1535 Broadway NYC
  • 1987 Flight Readiness Firing of Discovery's main engines is successfully
  • 1988 Rodrigo Borja installed as president of Ecuador
  • 1988 UN estimates Asia's population hits 3 billion
  • 1990 NASA's Magellan spacecraft lands on Venus
  • 1990 The Massacre of more than 127 Muslims in North East Sri Lanka by paramilitaries.
  • 1992 Satellite TOPEX/Poseidon launched
  • 1992 Soyuz TM-15 lands
  • 1993 An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand.
  • 1994 Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)
  • 1996 Bob Dole picks Jack Kemp as his Republican VP running mate
  • 1996 Dare & Go ends Cigars record tying victory streak at 16
  • 1996 Parlisha Williams (Louisiana) crowned Ms Black USA Metroplex
  • 1996 Yanks lose ending 3rd best home series victory streak at 24
  • 1998 The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.
  • 2001 US and UK reject a proposal by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to permit the Iraqi government to use $1 billion per year to fund infrastructure improvements and to increase oil production capacity
  • 2003 The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK - 38.5°C (101.3°F) in Kent . It is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 2006 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.
  • 2013 6 people are killed after Paluweh volcano erupts in Indonesia
  • 2013 16 Royal Guardsmen are killed in a bus accident in Al Hoceima, Morocco
  • 2014 Israeli and Palestinian officials agree to another 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt
  • 2014 Unrest breaks out in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of African American Michael Brown by a policeman.