August 10


1821 – Missouri was admitted as the 24th state.

1846 – The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by Congress. The “Nation’s Attic” was made possible by $500,000 grant given by scientist Joseph Smithson.

1859 – In Boston, MA, the first milk inspectors were appointed.

1869 – The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown.

1885 – The first electric streetcar, to be used commercially, was operated in Baltimore, MD, by Leo Daft.

1918 – The Grand Rapids, MI Police Court Docket for the day was blank, something that had only happened twice in 25 years.

1921 – Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio.

1927 – Mount Rushmore was formally dedicated. The individual faces of the Presidents were dedicated later.

1946 – The nation’s first streamlined train built since World War II, the Pere Marquette, began operation. It made the trip from Grand Rapids, MI to Detroit, MI in 160 minutes.

1947 – A 4.7 magnitude earthquake was centered at Coldwater, MI. It was felt as far away as Wisconsin and Illinois.

1947 – William Odom completed an around-the-world flight. He set the solo record by completing the flight in 73 hours and 5 minutes.

1948 – On ABC, “Candid Camera” made its TV debut. The show was hosted by its creator, Allen Funt. The TV show ran for 56 years.

1949 – The National Military Establishment changed its name to the Department of Defense.

1954 – Construction began on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1965 – In Austin, TX, a fire burned part of the 20th floor of the 27-story University of Texas main building. A collection that contained items once owned by escape artist Harry Houdini and circus magnate P.T. Barnum were damaged by smoke and water.

1977 – In Yonkers, NY, 24 year old postal worker, David Berkowitz, was arrested for New York’s “Son of Sam” slayings.

1981 – Pete Rose hit a single and broke the National League all-time hit record with his 3,631 hit.

1985 – Michael Jackson paid $47.5 million for the ATV catalog, which owned and controled 251 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. McCartney was outbid in the sale by Jackson.

1990 – The Magellan space probe reached the planet Venus.

1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg took office as only the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1994 – President Clinton claimed presidential immunity. He asked a federal judge to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones.

1995 – Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted for the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building. Michael Fortier pleaded guilty in a plea-bargain for his testimony.

2004 – The iTunes Music Store became the first store to have a catalog of more than one million songs.



Rhonda Fleming 1923 – Actress (“Spellbound”, “The Spiral Staircase”, “Adventure Island”)

Ronnie Spector 1943 – Singer (The Ronettes)

Ian Anderson 1947- Musician (Jethro Tull)

Daniel Hugh Kelly 1952 – Actor (Played Mark “Skid” McCormick on TV’s “Hardcastle and McCormick”)

Rosanna Arquette 1959 – Actress (“Desperately Seeking Susan”, “After Hours”, “Pulp Fiction”)

Antonio Banderas 1960 Actor (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, “Desperado”, “Evita”, “The Mask of Zorro”, “Spy Kids”)

Jon Farriss 1961 – Musician (INXS)

Riddick Bowe 1967 – Boxer

Todd Nichols 1967 – Musician (Toad The Wet Sprocket)

Justin Theroux 1971 – Actor (“Mulholland Drive”, “Inland Empire”)

Angie Harmon 1972 – Actress (“Law and Order”, “Baywatch Nights”)

Devon Aoki 1982 – Model and actress (“War”, “DOA: Dead or Alive”, “Sin City”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”)

Kylie Jenner 1997 – TV personality (Youngest member of the Kardashian clan)



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