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.
Births On This Day,
1980 Wade Barrett
1973 Lisa Raymond
American tennis player
1971 Roy Keane
1960 Antonio Banderas
1874 Herbert Hoover
American politician, 31st President of the United States
Deaths On This Day,
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