August 10: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- In 1821, Missouri became the 24th state of the United States.
- In 1846, Congress granted a charter to the Smithsonian Institution, named after the obscure English scientist James Smithson, whose bequest of $500,000 funded it.
- In 1948, the TV show hosted by Allen Funt, "Smile, You're on Candid Camera!" debuted and had a very successful run for over fifty years.
- In 1966, a daylight meteor was seen from Utah to Canada, the only known case of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere and leaving it again.
- In 2008, swimmer Michael Phelps won the first of his eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in the 400-meter individual medley.
- Famous Birthdays: Herbert Hoover (31st President of the US), Leo Fender (inventor of musical instruments), Eddie Fisher (singer)
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