On This Day

Historical Events on August 10 (Part 2)

World Record

2008 American super-star swimmer Michael Phelps wins the 400m individual medley at the Beijing Olympics in world record 4:03.84

  • 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
  • 2013 14th Athletics World Championships open at Moscow, Russia
  • 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.

PGA Championship

2014 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Valhalla GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins his second PGA C'ship by 1 shot from Phil Mickelson

Film & TV History

2015 Google announces its restructure as Alphabet, a holding company with Google, YouTube, Android and Chrome as subsidiaries

  • 2016 South Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh recovers from 7th place during the final to record an Olympic record 193.7 and win gold in men's 50m pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first shooter to win 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • 2016 18 year old Australian Kyle Chalmers creates huge upset when he swims a junior world record 47.58 to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016 Weightlifter Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan sets a world record 214kg in the clean & jerk, and finishes with 379kg overall, to win the gold medal in the men's 77kg at the Ro de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2017 Scientists study identifying nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) deficiency major cause of miscarriages and multiple birth defects published in "New England Journal of Medicine"

Historic Event

2017 US President Donald Trump declares opioid addiction a national emergency

Music History

2017 Taylor Swift testifies, in Denver, Colorado court, that DJ David Mueller groped her

  • 2017 100 year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers deemed "almost eatable" after being discovered in hut used by Captain Scott's expedition in Antarctica
  • 2018 Evidence of one million Uighurs being held in "counter-extremism centers" in China presented to UN Committee on Human Rights
  • 2018 US ground crew member steals an Alaskan Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, flies for over an hour chased by military jets before fatally crashing on Ketron Island
  • 2018 Anti-government protests begin in Bucharest, Romania, with over 400 injured in clashes with police
  • 2018 Landmark case against weed killer Roundup, San Francisco court awards groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million against Monsanto for giving him terminal cancer
  • 2018 Turkish lira falls dramatically after US President Donald Trump announces tariff increases on Turkish steel and aluminum
  • 2018 Omarosa Manigault Newman, former aide to US President Donald Trump, releases taped recordings of her firing from The White House
  • 2019 Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in Zhejiang province, China, killing at least 32 with one million evacuated
  • 2019 71 people die trying to siphon gas from an overturned tanker that explodes in Morogoro region, Tanzania
  • 2019 Rebel forces for the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council take control of the key port of Aden in Yemen's civil war
  • 2019 Financier Jeffrey Epstein found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell in New York, while awaiting trail for sex trafficking charges
  • 2019 Monsoon flooding in southern and western India kills at least 150 with 40 dead in Kerala state and 100,000 in emergency relief camps
  • 2020 Global COVID-19 cases pass 20 million and is accelerating, 1st 10 million took almost 6 months, 2nd 10 million took just 43 days (Reuters)
  • 2020 Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announces his government is resigning, less than a week after massive industrial explosions devastated Beirut
  • 2020 Rare wind storm (derecho) hits the US Midwest flattening cornfields, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, killing two people

Historic Event

2020 Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai is the most high-profile figure arrested in Hong Kong under its new security laws

Historic Event

2021 Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo resigns amid a sexual harassment scandal

  • 2021 Forest fires kill 65 people, including 25 soldiers, in Algeria in the Kabylie region during heatwave conditions
  • 2021 "I am Legend" screenwriter Akiva Goldsman tweets "It's a movie. I made that up. It's. Not. Real." amid rumors COVID-19 vaccines could turn people into zombies, as in the film [1]