AUGUST 10th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~  1846 : Smithsonian Institution was created | & more about history on this day in the video… After a decade of debate about how best to spend a bequest left from an obscure English scientist to America, President James K. Polk signed the Smithsonian Institution Act into law.

MAJOR EVENTS iN HiSTORY ON THiS DAY ~ AUGUST 10th …see the timeline below for more details, births & events…

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1519 ~ Ferdinand Magellan’s 5 ships set sail from Seville to circumnavigate the globe. The Basque 2nd in command Juan Sebastián Elcano completed the expedition after Magellan’s death in the Philippines.

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

1793 ~ The Musée du Louvre was officially opened in Paris, France.

1821 ~ Missouri was admitted as the 24th U.S. state.

1846 ~ The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the United States Congress after James Smithson donated $500,000.

1932 ~ A 5.1 kilograms (11 lb) chondrite-type meteorite broke into approximately 7 pieces, and landed near the town of Archie in Cass County, Missouri.

1948 ~ Candid Camera made its television debut after being a radio show for a year as Candid Microphone.

1961 ~ First use in Vietnam War of the Agent Orange by the U.S. Army.

1981 ~ The head of John Walsh’s murdered son Adam was found. This inspired the creation of America’s Most Wanted television series.

1990 ~ The Magellan space probe reached Venus.

1998 ~ HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah was proclaimed the crown prince of Brunei with a Royal Proclamation.

2003 ~ The highest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom was 38.5 °C (101.3 °F) in Kent, England. It was the first time the United Kingdom had recorded a temperature over 100 °F (38 °C).

2003 ~ Yuri Malenchenko became the 1st person to marry in space.

2009 ~ Twenty people were killed in Handlová, Trenčín Region, in the deadliest mining disaster in Slovakia’s history.

2013 ~ The World Championships in Athletics took place in Moscow, Russia.

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