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On this day in history - August 10

What Happened On This Day – August 10

  • 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.

  • 2001 An attack on a train during the Angolan Civil 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
August 10

  • 1980 Wade Barrett

    English wrestler

  • 1973 Lisa Raymond

    American tennis player

  • 1971 Roy Keane

    Irish footballer

  • 1960 Antonio Banderas

    Spanish actor

  • 1874 Herbert Hoover

    American politician, 31st President of the United States

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Deaths On This Day,
August 10

  • 2008 Isaac Hayes

    American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, actor

  • 1980 Yahya Khan

    Pakistan general, politician, 3rd President of Pakistan

  • 1945 Robert H. Goddard

    American physicist, inventor

  • 1932 Rin Tin Tin

    German/American acting dog

  • 1896 Otto Lilienthal

    German pilot, engineer