On This Day

What Happened on August 10

Important 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

Aug 10 in Film & TV

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

Aug 10 in Music

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 [nee Stephen] (30) weds political theorist Leonard Woolf (31)
  • 1933 Actress Hedy Lamarr (19) weds Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik chairman Friedrich Mandl (33)

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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