What Happened on August 10?

  • The serial killer "Son of Sam" was arrested. (1977) David Berkowitz was convicted of killing six people and injuring another seven in New York City over the course of a year. He was sentenced to six life sentences, or 365 years.

  • The Smithsonian Institute was established. (1846) The institution was created by a charter from the US Congress. It was named after James Smithson, an English scientist who left $500,000 US Dollars to the US government in his will with specific instructions to establish the institute. Interestingly, Smithson had never visited the United States.

  • The Manson cult murdered Rosemary and Leno LaBianca one day after murdering Sharon Tate and four of her friends. (1969) Charles Manson and several of his cult followers were convicted of murder and sentenced to death. None were executed, however, because California temporarily eliminated the death penalty in 1972, which commuted all death sentences to life in prison.

  • John Walsh's son's head was found after the boy had gone missing two weeks earlier. (1981) John Walsh's son Adam was abducted from a shopping mall in Hollywood, Florida, and murdered. His murder led to the creation of the American TV show America's Most Wanted, which his father hosts. More than 1,000 fugitives have been captured with help from the show.

  • The NASA space probe Magellan began mapping Venus. (1990) Magellan arrived at its destination after 15 months. It created the highest resolution maps of the planet to date and was the first unmanned mission launched by NASA since 1978 when the Pioneer Orbiter went to Venus to conduct experiments.

  • The first marriage in space took place. (2003) A Ukrainian-Russian astronaut, Yuri Malenchenko, married Ekaterina Dmitrieva while he was on the International Space Station. Ekaterina was in Texas during the wedding, some 240 miles (386 kilometers) below her new husband.

  • The United Kingdom records temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius) for the first time. (2003) The temperature in Kent, measured 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit (38.5 degrees Celsius). The summer of 2003 was Europe's hottest on record in 500 years.

  • US President Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio. (1921) The disease paralyzed Roosevelt from the waist down. When he became the 32nd President of the United States in 1933, he established the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which became the March of Dimes.

  • Michael Phelps broke his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley at the Beijing Summer Olympics. (2008) The record swim of 4:03.84 earned him the first of the record-setting eight gold medals he would go on to win at that Olympiad.

  • The world's first electric guitar patent was awarded to Electro String Corporation. (1937) Inventor G.D. Beauchamp, who teamed up with Adolph Rickenbacher from the Electro String Instrument Corporation in Los Angeles, was awarded the patent for his guitar, the Rickenbacker Frying Pan.

  • The American television show Candid Camera made its debut. (1948) The show had previously aired on radio and was called Candid Microphone.

Discussion Comments


When I was in high school, I remember learning about Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his polio condition. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't he also make attempts to hide it from the general public? If so, I wonder how everyone would have reacted had they found out. Just my opinion, but I doubt they would have shunned him or made such a big deal out of it. After all, he's their president. Overall, its what's on the inside that counts.


While I don't live in the United Kingdom, the records temperatures there are really something else. In fact, it even reminds me of the weather my city received two summers ago. In fact, I remember how at one point, it was one hundred degrees every day for a week. I'm just glad that our air conditioner was working, or we would have been in trouble.


While the sixth bullet point is certainly a bit unusual, I still find it interesting regardless. Not only does it show how the rules of marriage aren't limited to our world so to speak, but even more so, it also shows us how everything doesn't have to be done in a "traditional" sense. After all, if one is planning on getting married, there doesn't always have to be massive celebrations and ceremonies. People can even go to a courthouse and consider themselves legally married.

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