August 10

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



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.

1937 – The first electric guitar, the Rickenbacker Frying Pan, was patented.

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 Bill 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.

2001 – The movie “American Pie 2” premiered in theaters.

2003 – Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space. His bride was on Earth.

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

2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps won the first of a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics by smashing his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley.

2017 – A 100 year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers was deemed “almost eatable” after being discovered in a hut used by Captain Scott’s expedition in Antarctica.

2020 – A derecho in Iowa became the most costly thunderstorm disaster in U.S. history.



Ian Anderson – 76 years old (1947) – Lead vocalist, flautist, acoustic guitarist (Jethro Tull)

Daniel Hugh Kelly – 71 years old (1952) – Actor (Played Mark “Skid” McCormick on TV’s “Hardcastle and McCormick”)

Rosanna Arquette – 64 years old (1959) – Actress (“Desperately Seeking Susan”, “After Hours”, “Pulp Fiction”)

Antonio Banderas – 63 years old (1960) – Actor (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, “Desperado”, “Evita”, “The Mask of Zorro”, “Spy Kids”)

Jon Farriss – 62 years old (1961) – Drummer (INXS)

Todd Nichols – 56 years old (1967) – Guitarist (Toad The Wet Sprocket)

Riddick Bowe – 56 years old (1967) – Boxer

Justin Theroux – 52 years old (1971) – Actor (“Mulholland Drive”, “Inland Empire”)

Angie Harmon – 51 years old (1972) – Actress (“Law and Order”, “Baywatch Nights”)

Devon Aoki – 41 years old (1982) – Model and actress (“War”, “DOA: Dead or Alive”, “Sin City”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”)

Kylie Jenner – 26 years old (1997) – TV personality (Youngest member of the Kardashian clan)



Agent Orange Awareness Day

Duran Duran Appreciation Day

National Connecticut Day

National Lazy Day

National Shapewear Day

National S’mores Day

National Spoil Your Dog Day

Skyscraper Appreciation Day

Vlogging Day

World Lion Day


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