August 10th

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.
Michael Phelps
2006
British authorities announced they had thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up 10 aircraft heading to the United States.
2006 transatlantic aircraft plot
2003
The First Person to Get Married While in Space. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko was on the International Space Station when he married Ekaterina Dmitrieva, who was located in Texas at the time of the wedding. The wedding took place through a NASA satellite hookup.
Yuri Malenchenko
2001
An attack on a train during the Angolan Civi War kills about 250 people. Rebels from the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) in Angola derailed a train using an anti-tank mine and opened fire on the passengers.
2001 Angola train attack
1993
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1990
Magellan Space Probe is Inserted in Orbit Around Venus. The first spacecraft to be launched by a space shuttle, Magellan was a robotic space probe that spent 8 months gathering data about the surface of the planet also known as Earth's twin. The probe was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on May 4, 1989, when Space Shuttle Atlantis took it to low Earth orbit and released it.
Magellan (spacecraft)
1988
President Ronald Reagan signed a measure providing $20,000 payments to Japanese-Americans interred by the U.S. government during World War II.
Internment of Japanese Americans
1969
Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in their Los Angeles home by members of Charles Manson's cult, one day after actress Sharon Tate and four other people were slain.
Charles Manson
1962
Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man made his debut in issue 15 of "Amazing Fantasy.".
Amazing Fantasy
1949
The National Military Establishment was renamed the Department of Defense.
United States Department of Defense
1948
Candid Camera with Allen Funt debuted on television.
Candid Camera
1944
Battle of Narva ends. The 8-day long battle was fought between the German Army and the Soviet Leningrad Front for the control of the Narva Isthmus in Estonia during the Second World War. The battle ended with decisive German victory
Battle of Narva (1944)
1921
Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's paralytic illness
1885
America's first commercially operated electric streetcar began operation in Baltimore.
Streetcars in North America
1874
Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa.
Herbert Hoover
1846
Congress chartered the Smithsonian Institution, named after English scientist James Smithson, whose bequest of $500,000 made it possible.
Smithsonian Institution
1821
Missouri became the 24th state in the United States.
History of Missouri
1675
The foundation stone for the Royal Observatory, Greenwich is laid. Commissioned by King Charles II of England, the Royal Observatory started operating in 1676 under the supervision of John Flamsteed, the first British Astronomer Royal. The observatory is famous around the world because it location marks the Prime Meridian passes through it.
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
1497
John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to 'Asia'.
John Cabot
610
In Islam, the traditional date of the Laylat al-Qadr, when Muhammad began to receive the Qur'an.
Laylat al-Qadr