What Happened on August 10

Significant 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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August 10 in Film & TV

  • 1948 ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)

August 10 in Music

August 10 in Sport

  • 1900 1st Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles at Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, Massachusetts (3-0)

Did You Know?

Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore

On August 10, 1885


Would You Believe?

Louvre palace officially opens in Paris as The Museum Central des Arts

On August 10, 1793

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 Author and founder of the Scientology cult 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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