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10th of August
21st century
2018Aug 10

Horror movie The Meg is released

The Meg is an upcoming science fiction horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis, and follows a group of scientists who must stop a 75-foot Megalodon shark from terrorizing a beach.

2017Aug 10

Lego fires CEO after just eight months

Lego fired its chief executive after only eight months in the job, bringing in a younger person to steer the world’s most profitable toymaker through the increasingly digital world of a play. Bali Padda was replaced by Niels Christiansen, the 51-year-old former chief executive of Danfoss, a Danish industrial group.

2014Aug 10

Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915 crashes

An airplane HESA IrAn-140 of Iranian Airlines Sepahan Airlines crashed shortly after the start of Flight's domestic flight 5915 from Tehran to Tabas. Of 40 people on board 40 died. Cause of the crash was a malfunction of one of the engines and the subsequent flaw of the piloting in a crisis situation.

2008Aug 10

Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef in South Park, dies

Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, voice actor, and producer. He was found unresponsive in his home located just east of Memphis, ten days before his 66th birthday. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though the area medical examiners later listed a recurrence of stroke as the cause.

2008Aug 10

Katy Perry tops the UK singles chart with "I Kissed A Girl"

"I Kissed a Girl" is a song recorded by American singer Katy Perry for her second studio album, One of the Boys. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks, becoming the 1,000th number-one song of the rock era. The single has sold over 4.7 million digital copies in the US alone.

2005Aug 10

James Blunt is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"You're Beautiful" is a song by the British singer James Blunt. In the United Kingdom and Australia, the song reached number one and number two respectively. When released as the debut single from Back to Bedlam in Canada and the United States, it reached number one on both charts and received widespread airplay.

2003Aug 10

The Okinawa Monorail is opened in Naha, Okinawa

The Okinawa City Monorail is a monorail line in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Operated by Okinawa City Monorail Corporation, itis the only public rail system in Okinawa Prefecture, the first rail line on Okinawa since World War II. Also, Naha Kūkō Station is the westernmost and Akamine Station is the southernmost rail station in Japan.

2003Aug 10

The first person marries in outer space

Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko is a retired Russian cosmonaut. Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space, when he married Ekaterina Dmitrieva, who was in Texas, while he was 240 miles over New Zealand, on the International Space Station.

2002Aug 10

Lisa Marie Presley marries actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii

Presley's third marriage was to Cage. They were married in an oceanside ceremony near the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. Cage had proposed just ten days earlier. Cage filed for divorce after 108 days of marriage.

1997Aug 10

American model Kylie Jenner is born

Kylie Kristen Jenner is an American reality television personality, model, entrepreneur, socialite and social media personality. She has starred in the E! reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians since 2007 and is the founder and owner of cosmetic company Kylie Cosmetics.

1995Aug 10

Timothy McVeigh is indicted for Oklahoma bombing

The Oklahoma City bombing was an act of domestic terrorist truck bombing perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh. The bombing killed 168 people and left more than 680 injured. McVeigh was indicted on 11 federal counts, among them conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction, first-degree murder, and others.

Cold-war era
1990Aug 10

Magellan starts mapping Venus

The space probe Magellan, also known as Venus Radar Mapper was launched by the NASA with a mission to map the Venus surface. It reached the orbit of the planet and measured the gravitational field of the planet with its synthetic aperture radar. It was the 5th successful NASA mission to Venus.

1979Aug 10

Michael Jackson drops his 5th album Off the Wall

Off the Wall is the fifth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. The record was a departure from Jackson's previous work for Motown Records. Its lyrical themes on the record relate to escapism, liberation, loneliness, hedonism, and romance.

1974Aug 10

Bill Shankly takes charge of the team for the last time

Shankly was 60 when Liverpool won the 1974 FA Cup and said in his autobiography that, on returning to the dressing room at the end of the match, he "felt tired from all the years". His mind was made up and he knew he was going to retire.

1971Aug 10

Manchester United and Ireland hardman Roy Keane is born

Roy Maurice Keane is an Irish football assistant manager and former professional football player. He is the joint-most successful Irish footballer of all time, having won 19 major trophies, 17 of which came at Manchester United, in his club career. He is currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team.

1970Aug 10

Simon and Garfunkel hit #1 on the UK album chart

"Bridge over Troubled Water" is the fifth and final studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released on Columbia Records Critically and commercially successful, the album topped the charts in over ten countries and received two Grammy Awards, plus four more for the title song.

1970Aug 10

Elvis Presley plays the first night of a four-week engagement

Presley returned to the International in 1970 for the first of the year's two month-long engagements, performing two shows a night. Recordings from these shows were issued on the album On Stage. Presley was performing in a jumpsuit, which would become a trademark of his live act.

1968Aug 10

Tom Jones goes to #1 on the UK album chart with "Delilah"

"Delilah" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Tom Jones. It reached No. 1 in the charts of several countries including Germany and Switzerland. It reached No 2 in the British charts in March 1968 and was the sixth best selling single of that year. The US Billboard chart records its highest position as 15.

1966Aug 10

Lunar Orbiter 1 probe is launched

It was the first American spacecraft to orbit the Moon. It was designed primarily to photograph lunar surface and look for safe landing sites. It was also equipped to collect selenodetic, radiation intensity, and micrometeoroid impact data. Lunar Orbiter 1 took first ever image of Earth from the distance of the Moon as well.

1963Aug 10

Little Stevie Wonder starts a three week run at #1 in the US

"Fingertips" is a hit single recorded live by "Little" Stevie Wonder for Motown's then Tamla label. Wonder's first hit single, "Fingertips" was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States since Johnny Standley's 1952 comic monologue "It's in the Book".

1962Aug 10

Writer Suzanne Collins is born

Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and author, best known as the author of The New York Times bestselling series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy. With her husband Charles, Collins had two children, Charlie and Isabel.

1961Aug 10

Helen Shapiro is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"You Don't Know " is a 1961 single by Helen Shapiro. It was written by John Schroeder and Mike Hawker and released on the Columbia label in the United Kingdom. "You Don't Know" topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. The single sold over a million copies and earned Shapiro a gold disc.

1960Aug 10

Alfred Hitchcock’s "Psycho" opens in Los Angeles.

Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and written by Joseph Stefano. It stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles. and Martin Balsam, and was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch.

1960Aug 10

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is born

Antonio Banderas is a Spanish actor, singer, and producer. He began his acting career with a series of films by director Pedro Almodóvar and then appeared in high-profile Hollywood films, especially in the 1990s, including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, and The Mask of Zorro.

World War II
1945Aug 10

American physicist Robert H. Goddard dies

He is credited with the invention and building the world's first liquid-fuelled rocket. His work made the space technology, including interplanetary flights, possible. Goddard launched his first rocket in 1926. Over all, he launched 34 rockets. He achieved altitudes as high as 2.6 km and speeds as fast as 885 kilometres per hour.

1940Aug 10

Singer Bobby Hatfield is born

Bobby Hatfield was an American singer, best known as one half of the Righteous Brothers. He sang the tenor part for the duo, but his most recognizable work is his 1965 recording of "Unchained Melody" which he performed as a solo.

19th century
1893Aug 10

Diesel engine runs for the first time

Diesel engine has the highest thermal efficiency of all practical internal or external combustion engines known to mankind. Low-speed diesel engines can have a thermal efficiency that exceeds fifty percent. Diesel engines are used in ships, locomotives, trucks, heavy equipment and electricity generation plants.

1893Aug 10

German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal dies

Lilienthal was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful flights with unpowered airplanes. Lilienthal financed his experiments with aircraft from his commercially successful earlier inventions, such as a small steam engine that worked on a system of tubular boilers designed for safety.

1874Aug 10

The 31st President of the United States Herbert Hoover is born

Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, a city in Cedar and Johnson counties in Iowa, US. His parents died early, leaving him as an orphan at the age of 9. Hoover graduated from Stanford University with geology as his major. As a member of Republicans was later elected as a President and led the US during the Great Depression.

1846Aug 10

Smithsonian Institution is founded

The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums and research centers administered by the US government. The headquarters of the institution is in the “Castle”, an estate passed to the US by a scientist James Smithson. President James Polk signed the legislation that established it as a trust instrumentality of the US.

18th century
1793Aug 10

Louvre museum is opened in Paris

The Louvre is the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st arrondissement. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square meters.

1792Aug 10

French monarchy overthrown, king Luis is imprisoned

At the end of the French Revolution, the Tuileries Palace was stormed by the National Guard of the Paris Commune. King Luis with his family fled the palace, only to be later imprisoned, putting an end to the French monarchy. Many of those killed during the defense of the palace were buried in the Catacombs of Paris.

1787Aug 10

Mozart completes his chamber piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

Eine kleine Nachtmusik is a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means "a little serenade". The work is written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with optional double bass but is often performed by string orchestras.


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