ON THIS DAY: August 10, 2017

August 10th is

National Lazy Day

National S’Mores Day

Skyscraper Appreciation Day *

Smithsonian Charter Day *

World LION Day


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Czech – Prague: Brutal Assault
(Heavy Metal fest)

Germany – Luhmühlen:
A Summer’s Tale Festival

Ireland – Killorglin: Puck Fair

Nicaragua – Managua: Dejada de
Santo Domingo de Guzmán (patron saint)

Sweden – Gothenburg:
Way Out West Festival

United Kingdom – Bristol: International Balloon Fiesta


On This Day in HISTORY

1270 – Yekuno Amlak takes the imperial throne of Ethiopia, restoring the Solomonic dynasty to power after a 100-year Zagwe dynasty interregnum

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

1560 – Hieronymus Praetorius born, German late Renaissance composer and organist, noted for Masses and a cappella vocal music

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

1740 – Samuel Arnold born, English composer of theatrical music and organist at Westminster Abbey

1793 – The Musée du Louvre officially opens in Paris

1821 – Missouri becomes the 24th U.S. state

1823 – Charles Keene born, English artist and illustrator for Punch magazine

John Bull, symbol of Britain, holds off suffragette demands – Punch 1870, by Charles Keene

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

1858 – Anna Julia Cooper born, American scholar, author, educator and lecturer; one of the first African American women to earn a PhD, from the Sorbonne in 1924

1865 – Aleksandr Glazunov born, Russian symphonic composer

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

1883 – William Van Alen born, American architect; designer of the Chrysler Building, still a New York City landmark, and inspiration for Skyscraper Appreciation Day *

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

1893 – Douglas Stuart Moore born, American composer of folk operas

1894 – Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca born in Latvia, American labor leader; Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) Joint Board Secretary, and first female Vice President (1934-1946), also ACWA’s first woman full-time organizer; during the Great Depression, served on NYC Mayor’s Commission in Unity, and the Maternal and Child Welfare Committee under Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins

1905 – Eugene Dennis born, American Communist Party leader and labor organizer; notable as the named party in Dennis v. United States, a famous McCarthy Era Supreme Court case, in which he appealed a conviction on the slenderest evidence under the Alien Registration Act for advocating the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, which the Supreme Court upheld in a split decision

1909 – Leo Fender born, American inventor of electronic musical instruments and amplifiers; founder of Fenders (Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company)

1921 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt is stricken with polio at Campobello

1927 – Mount Rushmore is formally dedicated

1933 – Elizabeth Butler-Sloss born, British judge, first woman to serve as Lord Justice of Appeal

1941 – Susan Dorothea White, Australian painter, sculptor and how-to author of Draw Like Da Vinci

Mum’s Centenarian Sunset by Susan Dorothea White

1948 – Alan Funt’s 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

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

1962 – Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man makes his debut in “Amazing Fantasy”

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 American who were interned or relocated by the U.S. during WWII

1990 – NASA: Magellan space probe reaches Venus

1993 – Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second woman Supreme Court justice

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

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

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

2013 – Katy Perry’s single “Roar” is released to U.S. radio stations


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3 Responses to ON THIS DAY: August 10, 2017

  1. Terry Welshans says:

    I really like it that is is National Lazy Day. Finally something I am good at.

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