10th August, on this day

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.
654 St Eugene I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
955 Battle of Lechfeld: Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor defeats Magyars, ending 50 years of Magyar invasion of the West.
991 Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalised in a well-known poem.
1316 Second Battle of Athenry
1519 Magellan's 5 ship set sail to circumnavigate the Earth
1557 Battle of St. Quentin Spanish victory over the French in the Habsburg-Valois Wars
1628 The Swedish warship Vasa sinks in the Stockholm harbour after only about 20 minutes on her maiden voyage.
1675 King Charles II of England lays the foundation stone for the Royal Observatory at Greenwich in south-east London
1680 In N Mexico, rebellion of Pueblo Indians against Spaniads
1743 Earliest recorded prize fighting rules formulated
1776 Word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
1790 Robert Gray's Columbia, completes 1st American around world voyage
1792 Mobs in Paris attack the palace of Louis XVI
1809 Ecuador declares independence from Spain (National Day)
1821 Missouri admitted as 24th US state
1827 Race riots in Cincinnati (1,000 blacks leave for Canada)
1831 Former slave Nat Turner led violent insurrection against slavery
1833 Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200
1835 Mob of whites and oxen pulled black school to a swamp out of Canaan, NH
1842 Britain passes the Mines Act - forbidding women and children to work underground
1846 The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington DC, USA to foster scientific research
1856 Hurricane washes away 2-300 revelers at Last Island, Louisiana
1861 Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri
1866 Transatlantic cable laid - Former Pres Buchanan communicates over it to Queen Victoria
1885 Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar (Balt)
1887 Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)
1889 Englishman Dan Rylands of Hope Glass Works, Barnsley, Yorkshire patents the screw bottle top
1893 Chinese deported from SF under Exclusion Act
1895 Henry Wood conducts the first Promenade Concert at the Queen's Hall in London
1897 The founding the the RAC - the Royal Automobile Club - originally known as the Automobile Club of Great Britain
1900 1st Davis Cup Tennis Tournament (Mass) US beats England
1901 The U.S. Steel Recognition Strike by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers begins.
1904 The Battle of the Yellow Sea between the Russian and Japanese battleship fleets.
1907 Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Peking to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally
1911 Parliament Act reduces power of House of Lords
1911 British MPs vote in favour of them receiving a salary for being Members of Parliament
1913 2nd Balkan War ends, Treaty of Bucharest, Bulgaria loses
1919 Ukranian National Army massacres 25 Jews in Podolia Ukrane
1920 Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI's representatives sign the Treaty of Sèvres which divides up the Ottoman Empire between the Allies.
1921 FDR stricken with polio at summer home on Canadian Is of Campobello
1932 A 5.1-kg (11.2-pound) chondrite-type meteorite breaks into at least seven pieces and lands near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.
1944 Race riots in Athens, Alabama
1944 American forces defeat the last Japanese troops on Guam.
1945 Japan announces willingness to surrender to Allies provided the status of Emperor Hirohito remained unchanged
1948 Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC
1954 English champion jockey Sir Gordon Richards retires after riding a total of 4,869 winners
1954 At Massena, New York, the groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held.
1960 Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space
1961 England applies for membership in the European Common Market
1962 French and Italian enginners meet under Mont Blanc while building the tunnel linking their two countries
1966 The launch of Orbiter I, the first United States lunar satellite
1966 Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere and leaving it again
1969 A day after murdering Sharon Tate and four others, members of Charles Manson's cult kill Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
1973 1st BART train travels thru transbay tube to Montgomery St Station
1975 David Frost purchases exclusive rights to interview Nixon
1977 Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers, NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" the 44 caliber killer
1980 Allen, the most powerful hurricane in Caribbean hits Brownsville, Tx
1981 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business
1981 The Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes
1981 The head of John Walsh's son Adam is found in Hollywood, Florida. This event will later prompt the U.S. Congress to pass the Missing Children's Act to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation greater authority to track the disappearance of children, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It also makes Walsh a national spokesman against crime and eventually leads to the establishment of America's Most Wanted.
1984 Mary Decker trips on heel of Zola Budd during 3,000m Olympic run
1985 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle songs) for $47 million
1985 Uno Lindstron of Sweden, juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles
1986 England cricketer Ian Botham scores a record 175 in a one day Sunday League match - including 13 sixes
1988 UN estimates Asia's population hit 3 billion
1988 Japanese American Internment: US President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing $20,000 payments to Japanese-Americans who were either interned or relocated by in the United States during World War II.
1990 US's Magellan spacecraft lands on Venus
1990 The Massacre of more than 127 Muslims in the North East Sri Lanka by the paramilitaries.
1993 An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hit the South Island of New Zealand.
1995 Oklahoma City bombing: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are indicted for the bombing. Michael Fortier pleads guilty in a plea-bargain agreement for his testimony.
1998 The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.
1998 English football club Manchester United becomes the first club in the world to have it's own TV channel - MUTV
2000 World Population reaches 6 billion according to www.ibiblio.org world population tracker.
2003 The highest temperature ever is recorded in the UK, 38.5°C (101.3°F), occurs in Kent [1]. It is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
2003 Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko becomes the first person to marry in space.
2006 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.

10th August 2006

Bush says plot a 'stark reminder'

UN attacks Lebanon aid 'disgrace'

China typhoon sparks mass exodus

10th August 2007

UN approves expanded Iraq mission

World shares fall on credit fears

Fierce fighting rocks Mogadishu

10th August 2008

Georgia 'calls Ossetia ceasefire'

Deadly violence hits west China

Algeria city hit by suicide bomb

10th August 2009

Bomb attacks in Iraq kill dozens

Militants launch Afghan attacks

Israeli jets strike Gaza tunnel

10th August 2010

Rwanda's Kagame celebrates

Heatwave to slow Russian recovery

700 dead in China landside

Birthdates which occurred on 10th August :

1810 Camilio Benso di Cavour Italy, PM
1865 Alexander Glazunov St Petersburg Russia, composer (Chopiniana)
1869 Lawrence Binyon Vienna Austria, writer (Symbolic Wounds)
1874 Herbert Clark Hoover West Branch, Iowa, (R) 31st Pres (1929-1933)
1874 James (Tod) Sloan jockey, created monkey crouch riding style
1889 Irene Steer England, 4 X 100m relay swimmers (Olympic-gold-1912)
1893 Douglas Stuart Moore Cutchogue NY, composer (Good Night Harvard)
1893 Viscount Dunrossil Scotland, Gov Gen of Australia (1959-61)
1899 Jack Haley Boston Mass, actor (Ford Star Revue)
19-- Daniel Hugh-Kelly Hoboken NJ, actor (Chicago Story, Hardcastle)
19-- James Reynolds Oskaloosa, Ks, actor (Abe Carver-Days of our Lives)
1900 Arthur Porritt NZ, 100m sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1924)
1900 Norma Shearer Canada, actress (Divorcee, Idiot's Delight)
1909 Mohammed V King of Morocco (1953, 1955-61)
1910 Angus Campbell US, psychologist (Elections & Political Order)
1912 Richard Reeves NYC, actor (Murph-Date With an Angel)
1913 Noah Beery Jr NYC, actor (Rockford Files, Quest, Doc Elliot)
1913 Steven Nagy bowler, 1st to bowl 300 on TV (1954)
1914 Jeff Corey NYC, actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men)
1920 Red Holzman NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers)
1923 Rhonda Fleming Hollywood Calif, actress (Spellbound)
1924 Martha Hyer actress (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly)
1928 Eddie Fisher Phila Pa, singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain)
1928 Jimmy Dean Tx, actor/singer (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever)
1933 Bill Nieder shot putter, (Olympic-gold-1960)
1933 Rocky Colavito Bronx, baseball player (Hit 4 HRs in a game)
1939 Kate O'Mara Leicaster England, actress (Caress Morell-Dynasty)
1940 Bobby Hatfield Wisc, rocker (Righteous Bros-Unchained Melody)
1941 Anita Lonsbrough England, 200m backstroke swimmer (Oly-gold-1960)
1942 Betsy Johnson fashion designer (1971 Winnie Award)
1943 Ronnie Spector [Veronica Bennett], NYC, singer (Be My Baby)
1947 Ian Anderson Scotland, rocker (Jethro Tull-Bungle in the Jungle)
1948 Pal Gerevich Hungary, fencer (Olympic-bronze-1972, 80)
1948 Patti Austin singer (The Real Me)
1952 Ashley Putnam NYC, soprano (NY City Opera 1978)
1959 Mark Price bass/vocals (All About Eve, Tin Huey-Contents Dislodged)
1959 Rosanna Arquette NYC, actress (Desperately Seeking Susan)
1961 Beatrice Alda daughter of Alan Alda, actress (Lisa-Four Seasons)
1961 John Farriss rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
1962 Dan Donovan rocker (Bad)


Deaths which occurred on August 10th:
1867 Ira Frederick Aldridge US Negro tragedian, dies (birth date unkn)
1945 Robert Goddard father of American rocketry, dies
1962 Ted Husing sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 60
1963 Estes Kefauver (D-Sen-Tn), dies at 60
1974 Ilona Massey actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies at 64
1974 Pedro Regas actor (Pat Paulsen's « Comedy Hour), dies at 92
1976 Ray "Crash" Corrigan cowboy (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), dies at 74
1977 Vince Barnett actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), dies at 75
1979 Dick Foran actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 69
1985 Kenny Backer comedian, dies of a heart attack at 72
1987 Clara Peller actress (Where's the Beef), dies at 86
1988 Adela Rogers St John journalist (Free Soul, Honeycomb), dies at 94
1988 Arias Arnulfo 3 time president of Panama, dies at 86