August 10 in Pop Culture History

August 10th Facts, Fun Trivia and History

August 10th History Highlights

  • 1846 – The Smithsonian Institution was founded.
  • 1945 – Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers, effectively ending World War II.
  • 1948 – Candid Camera, considered by many to be the first reality tv show, debuted on ABC.
  • August 10, 1967 Birthday (fictional) Chris Gaines, Garth Brooks’ alter ego
  • If you were born on August 10th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 17th (prior year)

Traditional August 10th Information


August 10th is…

Lazy Day
S’mores Day

August 10th Birthday Quotes

” I think the worst enemy for success is the anxiousness to get it.”
– Antonio Banderas

” Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”
– Herbert Hoover

” You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom.”
– Clarence Darrow

” I think the most important thing for an artist is to not worry about what anybody else thinks. You just have to do what comes from your heart and your being and put it out there that’s true in any of the arts.”
– Rosanna Arquette

“There is an excitement about having nightmares.”
– Betsey Johnson

” But, you know, the Stones were my opening act in the Sixties. I loved those British guys, the way they just stood there and shook their hair.”
– Ronnie Spector

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
– Jimmy Dean

August 10th Birthdays

1821 – Jay Cooke, American financier, founded Jay Cooke & Company (died in 1905)
1856 – William Willett, English inventor, founded British Summer Time (died in 1915)
1874 – Herbert Hoover, American politician, 31st President of the United States (died in 1964)
1889 – Charles Darrow, American game designer, created Monopoly (died in 1967)
1897 – John W. Galbreath, American businessman, and philanthropist, founded Darby Dan Farm (died in 1988)
1897 – Jack Haley, American actor, and singer (died in 1979)
1902 – Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (died in 1983)
1922 – Al Alberts, American pop singer, and composer, The Four Aces (died in 2009)
1923 – Rhonda Fleming, American actress
1928 – Jimmy Dean, American singer, actor, and businessman, founder of Jimmy Dean Food Company (died in 2010)
1928 – Eddie Fisher, American singer, and actor (died in 2010)
1931 – Tom Laughlin, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (died in 2013)
1942 – Betsey Johnson, American fashion designer
1943 – Ronnie Spector, American singer
1947 – Ian Anderson, Scottish-English singer-songwriter
1950 – Patti Austin, American singer-songwriter
1959 – Rosanna Arquette, American actress
1960 – Antonio Banderas, Spanish actor
1962 – Suzanne Collins, American author
1965 – Claudia Christian, American actress
1971 – Justin Theroux, American actor
1972 – Angie Harmon, American actress
1979 – JoAnna Garcia, American actress
1997 – Kylie Jenner, American television personality

August 10th History

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Seville, Spain to circumnavigate the globe.

1675 – The foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London, England was laid.

1846 – The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the United States Congress.

1873 – Louvre Museum opened in France.

1932 – An 11-pound chondrite-type meteorite broke into several pieces and landed near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.

1941 – The Mount Rushmore Memorial was dedicated.

1948 – Candid Camera made its television debut, after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone.

1949 – The US Department of War was replaced with the United States Department of Defense.

1959 – #1 Hit August 10, 1959 – August 23, 1959: Elvis Presley – A Big Hunk o’ Love

1963 – #1 Hit August 10, 1963 – August 30, 1963: Little Stevie Wonder – Fingertips (pt. II)

1966 – The US Treasury Department discontinued printing the $2 bill due to a lack of demand.

August 10, 1967 Birthday (fictional) Chris Gaines, Garth Brooks’ alter ego

1971 – The Society for American Baseball Research is founded in Cooperstown, New York.

1974 – #1 Hit August 10, 1974 – August 16, 1974: Roberta Flack – Feel Like Makin’ Love

1977 – In Yonkers, New York, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz (the “Son of Sam”) was arrested for a series of killings in New York City.

1981- Pete Rose broke Stan Musial’s NL record by getting hit number 3,631.

1984 – Red Dawn, starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, became the first-ever PG-13 movie to be released in theaters.

1985 – Michael Jackson paid $47.5 million for ATV Music, a catalog of the Beatles’ songs, which included 251 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, beating Paul McCartney’s offer.

1986 – Broadway Show – Me and My Girl (Musical) August 10, 1986

1995 In the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted for the bombing. Michael Fortier pled guilty in a plea bargain for his testimony.

August 10, 2031 (fiction) Terraforming began on Luna for future settlers. Aliens/Prometheus, Films

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

A group of Fungi is called a colony.

Stars appear to us to have 5 corners because of diffraction.

A clean tie attracts the soup of the day.

What if buying the WinRar license is the ultimate test of modern mankind and we are all failing?

The Caesar Salad was invented in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s.

The entire cast was male on the set of 1982’s “The Thing”.

Blackbeard (the Pirate) – Real Name: Edward Teach

Vantablack is the blackest black absorbing up to 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum.

“They killed Kenny!” – Stan and Kyle (South Park)

The French word for “cheese” is “Fromage.” Cheese is made by aging milk. Cheese comes “from age.”

A group of Cockroaches is called an Intrusion.

A pentad is a five year period. A decade is ten years long.

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