ON THIS DAY: August 10, 2016

August 10th is

Lion called Christian

Lazy Day

National S’Mores Day

Smithsonian Charter Day

World Lion Day

“I was not the lion, but it fell upon me to
give the lion’s roar.” – Winston Churchill

HR 3546 / S 2541
The Big Cat Public Safety Act puts an end to back yard
breeding and exploitation of big cats and their cubs in America.
In U.S. – Please ask your members of congress to champion this bill



Brazil – São Luís:international Flags
Bumba Meu Boi
(final week, folkloric festival)

Czech – Prague:
Brutal Assault Fest

Germany – Luhmühlen:
A Summer’s Tale Festival

Nicaragua – Managua:
Dejada de Santo Domingo de Guzmán


On This Day in HISTORY

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan’s five ships embark from Seville to circumnavigate the globe

1675 – The foundation stone laid for the Royal  Observatory Greenwich in London


1793 – The Musée du Louvre officially opens in Paris

MORE! The Smithsonian, FDR,  Candid Camera and Madonna, click

1846 – U.S. Congress charters Smithsonian Institution after English mineralogist James Smithson donates $500,000


1869 – O.B. Brown patents the motion picture projector

1885 – First commercial use of an electric streetcar in Baltimore, MD

1921 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt is stricken with polio

1927 – Mount Rushmore is formally dedicated

1948 – Candid Camera makes its television debut on ABC

1949 – President Truman signs National Security Act Amendment; Department of War becomes Department of Defense

1954 – Groundbreaking ceremony held at Massena NY for Saint Lawrence Seaway

Saint Lawrence Seaway

1961 – First use in Vietnam by U.S. Army of Agent Orange

1977 – David Berkowitz, “Son of Sam,” is arrested for killing six people

1985 – Madonna becomes first female performer to have 5 million sales certified for an album, Like a Virgin

1988 – President Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act, providing $20,000 payments to Japanese Americans who were interned or relocated by the U.S. during WWII

1990 – NASA: Magellan space probe reaches Venus

1995 – Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols indicted for Oklahoma City bombing

2003 – For first time, a temperature over 100◦F is recorded in the U.K., at Kent



  • A Lion Called Christian bookcover
  • International flags
  • Royal  Observatory Greenwich
  • Smithsonian – “The Castle”
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway and river

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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: August 10, 2016

  1. I loved visiting the Smithsonian. My first stop was the Castle, where I was able to give a tip o’ the hat to the vault holding the remains of James Smithson, who founded the institution which bears his name.

    My wife and daughter liked the Museum of Natural History. They made a beeline to the Hope Diamond display. Why was I not surprised. That visit was before Brandi was born. I spent most of my time at the Air & Space Museum. If Brandi had been with me, we would have practically lived in that building our entire stay. She did love her airplanes.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    I was about 8 years old on a summer vacation when we visited the Smithsonian. The adults had only planned on a single morning visit, but we had to go back the next day because there was so much to see. I wasn’t that excited by the Gem exhibit – what I remember most: the First Ladies gowns, the Wright Brothers plane and Teddy Roosevelt’s bear.

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