955 Aug 10 Otto organized his nobles and defeated the invading Magyars at the Battle of Lechfeld in Germany.
1539 Aug 10 King Francis of France declared that all official documents were to be written in French, not Latin.
1846 Aug 10 President James Polk signed a measure establishing the Smithsonian Institution. The US Congress chartered the Smithsonian Institution, named after English scientist James Smithson (1765-1836), whose bequest of $500,000 made it possible. The Smithsonian Institute was born and Joseph Henry became its first secretary.
1950 Aug 10 President Harry S. Truman called the National Guard to active duty to fight in the Korean War.
1979 Aug 10 Michael Jackson (21) launched his solo career with “Off the Wall.”
1987 Aug 10 President Reagan said he would nominate C. William Verity Jr., a retired steel company executive, to replace the late Malcolm Baldrige as commerce secretary.
2003 Aug 10 Liberian President Charles Taylor delivered a farewell address to a nation bloodied by 14 years of war.
2004 Aug 10 Pres. Bush nominated Porter J. Goss, Florida Republican congressman, to head the CIA. Goss spent most of his career as a clandestine operative in Latin America.
2005 Aug 10 Pres. Bush visited a Caterpillar plant in Illinois where he signed a $286.4 billion highway bill. It was the most expensive US public works program to date.
2005 Aug 10 David Myers (47), former WorldCom controller, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his high-ranking role in the largest accounting fraud in U.S. history. Buford Yates, ex-director of general accounting, received the same sentence.
2005 Aug 10 Thomas Devlin (15) was attacked and stabbed to death as he walked home with friends in north Belfast.
2006 Aug 10 Hector Orlando Martinez Quinto (38) was captured in Costa Rica. He was accused of participating in a 2002 rebel (FARQ) attack that killed 119 civilians in Boyaya, in one of the worst tragedies in Colombia’s four-decade-old guerrilla war.
2006 Aug 10 Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika demanded the resignation of Ishmael Wadi, a top prosecutor, for withdrawing corruption charges against the nation’s previous leader. Wadi dropped the charges after Mutharika suspended the head of the anti-corruption bureau, Gustave Kaliwo. Wadi said the suspension left the bureau with no powers to prosecute.
2008 Aug 10 Japan’s Masato Uchishiba has won his second straight Olympic gold medal, pinning France’s Benjamin Darbelet just seconds into their final match in the men’s 66-kilogram division and bringing Japan its first judo gold of the Beijing Games.
2009 Aug 10 In Mexico Pres. Obama huddled with the leaders of Mexico and Canada for a swift North American summit, where the swine flu epidemic and knotty disputes over cross-border trade dominated a lengthy agenda.
2010 Aug 10 President Barack Obama signed a $26 billion bill would protect some 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs.
2011 Aug 10 In Mexico Ruvalcaba Plascencia, former head of police for the city of Chihuahua and the border city of Ciudad Juarez, was shot to death at a restaurant in the Chihuahua state capital.
2012 Aug 10 South Korea’s Pres. Lee Myung-bak visited islets, locally called Dokdo, also claimed by Japan, where they are called Takeshima.
2013 Aug 10 US FBI agents killed James Lee DiMaggio (40) in the Idaho wilderness. He was suspected of killing a California woman Christina Anderson (44) and her young son a week earlier before fleeing with her daughter, Hannah Anderson (16).
2014 Aug 10 Turkey held presidential elections. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan became Turkey’s first elected pre3sident and extended his domination despite warnings by opponents that the country is moving towards a one-man autocracy. Erdogan received 52% of the vote marking his 9th electoral victory during 12 years of power.
Source: Timelines of History