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August 10: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 10

August 10th observes Vlogging Day and my personal favorite day, Lazy Day.

We’ve made it to the 222nd day of the year! There are 143 days left until we reach the new year.

Here you’ll learn about some of the major historic events from this day, including some terrible disasters and incredible discoveries.

Did you know that on this day in 1821, Missouri entered the United States Union and became the 24th state? The land had been acquired by the US as part of the Louisiana purchase 18 years prior.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 10th in history!

What Events Happened On August 10 In History?


Floods swept through India, killing more than 200 people and displacing 1 million.

India had experienced the heaviest monsoon season in 25 years, killing around 1,600 people from June to October 2019.

In Tanzania, people attempted to siphon petrol from an overturned fuel tanker which exploded.

More than 60 people lost their lives while 70 were injured.

Monsanto became liable to pay out $289 million in damages to a groundsman who got terminal cancer from its “Roundup” weed killer.

OTD in 2018: Monsanto became liable to pay out $289 million in damages to a groundsman who got terminal cancer from its "Roundup" weed killer.

A century old fruit cake was discovered in Antarctica that was “almost edible.”

The cake was found wrapped in paper inside a tin and it is believed to have been made by the British biscuit company Huntley & Palmers.

Australian swimmer Kyle Chalmers won the 100-meter freestyle gold medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

He completed the distance in 47.58 seconds which became a junior world record.

Protesting and riots began in Missouri following the death of African American man, Michael Brown.

Brown was shot down dead by police on August 9, which sparked riots the following day. As a result, 321 protestors were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri.

The 14th IAAF World Championships opened in Moscow, Russia.

OTD in 2013: The 14th IAAF World Championships opened in Moscow
Russia won the most medals until a later date when a Russian athlete failed an anti-doping test.

The Paluweh volcano in Indonesia erupted and claimed six lives.


After a 15 month-long journey from earth, NASA’s Magellan went into orbit around Venus and began to map the planet.


The Society for American Baseball Research was founded in Cooperstown, New York.


Canon Inc. was established in Tokyo, Japan.

OTD in 1937: Canon Inc. was established in Tokyo

Missouri entered the United States Union and became the 24th state.


Ecuador declared independence from Spain.

Spaniards first started colonization in the capital city Quito, Ecuador, in 1563. After around 250 years of colonial rule, Ecuadorians began to rebel and declared independence. They were defeated in just three weeks; however, this was the beginning of the road to gaining full independence.

A group invaded the Tuileries Palace where Louis XVI was staying during the French revolution.


Portuguese explorer Diego Diaz became the first European to set foot on Madagascar.

Diaz ended up there by accident when his ship was blown off course while on his way to India.

August 10 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on August 10, your zodiac sign is Leo.

Leo is the fifth zodiac sign ruled by the sun. The constellation for Leo represents the Nemean lion. In Greek mythology, the Nemean lion devastated the area of Nemea until Heracles eventually defeated the creature.

Peridot is the birthstone given to those who were born during August. The largest peridot stone was discovered on Zagbargad Island, Egypt. Peridot was popular among the Egyptian Pharaohs, and they’re still the national gem of Egypt.

For those of you who were born on August 10th, you were likely conceived the previous year on November 17th.

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Antonio Banderas? See what other famous people were born on this day.

Famous People Born On August 10

Lucas Till

Lucas Till

American Actor
Birthday: August 10, 1990
Age: 31 years old
Born In: Texas, USA
Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

Spanish Actor
Birthday: August 10, 1960
Age: 61 years old
Born In: Andalucía, Spain

Special Holidays On August 10th

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

August 10: International Vlogging Day

International Vlogging Day

August 10: National Lazy Day

National Lazy Day

Did you know that on this day, August 10th 1821, Missouri entered the United States Union and became the 24th state?