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 223rd day of the year! There are 143 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about August 10th in history!


What memorable events happened on August 10 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Two rival driverless taxi companies were given approval to operate 24/7 in San Francisco, California.

The two companies, Cruise and Waymo, had been testing their services in the city for a year before they were given full approval.


Floods swept through India, killing over two hundred people and displacing one 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 sixty people lost their lives, while seventy 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 stayed during the French revolution.


Portuguese explorer Diogo Dias became the first European to set foot on Madagascar.

Dias ended up there accidentally when his ship was blown off course while on his way to India.

Famous Births

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.


Kylie Jenner



Kylie Jenner


26 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Lucas Till



Lucas Till


33 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA


Antonio Banderas



Antonio Banderas


63 years old

Born In:

Andalucía, Spain


Devon Aoki



Devon Aoki


41 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

Special Holidays

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: National Lazy Day
United States

National Lazy Day

Get ready to kick your feet up and chill out as much as possible, as today is National Lazy Day! If there’s something you absolutely have to do, I suppose you probably should do it, but don’t do any more than that. Lie on the couch, order takeout, watch your favorite show; be lazy!

August 10: International Vlogging Day

International Vlogging Day

Every single day thousands upon thousands of people vlog, or upload videos of themselves. While the term vlogging is no longer in vogue, vlogging itself has never been more popular! Celebrate today by trying it yourself, or watch some of your favorite vloggers on YouTube!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

At any given moment, 1,800 thunderstorms are happening on Earth. This amounts to 16 million storms each year.

Birthday & Zodiac

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.

A baby conceived on August 10th, 2024, will likely be due next year around May 3rd.

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