Thursday, August 10, 2006
The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK – 38.5 °C (101.3 °F) at Brogdale near Faversham in Kent //www.metoffice.com/climate/uk/2003/.
It is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
takes over command of the peacekeeping force
in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens gives British police in London shoot-on-sight orders to deal with possible suicide bombers as expectations rise of an Al-Qaeda attack on the British capital. //www.itv.com/news/1193545.html
Liberian President and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor, who is to step down tomorrow, has appealed to rebels to submit to the democratic process'. He also accuses the United States of funding the rebels who have besieged the capital, Monrovia, for a week. //www.rte.ie/news/2003/0810/liberia.html
A widespread power outage
affects the northeastern United States and South-Central Canada.
While retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his successor, Archbishop Njongonkulu Winston Ndungane, fail to see what all the fuss is over the ordination of a gay bishop, other African Anglicans suggest that their churches may sever relations with the American dioceses that supported the election of a gay priest as bishop if what they called the path of deviation is not changed. //www.itv.com/news/2012709.html//www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0810gay-episcopal10.html
Hurricane Allen (category 3) pounds southeastern Texas.
Wednesday, August 10, 1977
David Berkowitz is captured in Yonkers, New York, after over a year of murders in New York City as the Son Of Sam.
Thursday, August 10, 1972
Thursday, August 10, 1967
Belgian mercenary Jean Schramme's troops take the Congolese border town of Bukavu
Thursday, August 10, 1961
Britain applies for membership in the European Economic Community.
offers to surrender to the Allies
, provided this does not prejudice the sovereignty of the Emperor.
Saturday, August 10, 1940
WWII: British armed merchant cruiser is torpedoed off Malin Head, Ireland, by German submarine "U-56".
Wednesday, August 10, 1938
Colonel General Ludwig Beck, convinced that Hitler's decision to attack Czechoslovakia will lead to a general European war, resigns his position as Chief of the Army General Staff in protest.
At a secret summit with his leading generals, Hitler attacks General Beck's arguments against "Fall Grün", winning the majority of his senior officers over to his point of view.
Wednesday, August 10, 1927
The Mount Rushmore
Park is rededicated. President Calvin Coolidge
promises national funding for the proposed carving of the Presidential figures.
Ottoman Sultan Mehmed VI's representatives sign the Treaty of Sèvres.
Saturday, August 10, 1918
A general strike begins in Spain it is smashed after 3 days with 70 left dead, hundreds of wounded and 2,000 arrests.
Macedonia is divided after the Second Balkan War, according to the Treaty of Bucharest.
Thursday, August 10, 1899
Marshall Major Taylor wins the world 1-mile professional cycling chionship in Montreal, securing his place as the first African American world chion in any sport.
Saturday, August 10, 1889
Wednesday, August 10, 1842
The Mines Act 1842 becomes law, prohibiting underground work for all women and boys under 10 years old in England
Fortsas hoax: A number of book collectors gather in Binche, Belgium, to attend a non-existent book auction of the late Count of Fortsas.
Thursday, August 10, 1826
Thursday, August 10, 1809
declares independence from Spain.
Wednesday, August 10, 1808
Troops under Carl von Döbeln defeat a Russian attack in Kauhajoki.
Saturday, August 10, 1793
French Revolution: The Tuileries Palace is stormed, and Louis XVI of France is arrested and taken into custody.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in Vienna, completes his final symphony, now called the Symphony No. 41 in C Major, and nicknamed (after his death) "The Jupiter."
Thursday, August 10, 1741
Wednesday, August 10, 1678
Saturday, August 10, 1675
King Charles II of England places the foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London construction begins.
Saturday, August 10, 1641
Charles I of England flees London for the north.
Thursday, August 10, 1628
The Swedish 64 gun sailing ship "Vasa
" sinks on her maiden voyage in the Stockholm
Saturday, August 10, 1619
Saturday, July 31, 1557 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of St. Quentin
: French forces under Marshal Anne de Montmorency
are decisively defeated by the Spanish and English under Duke Emanuel Philibert of Savoy
. Montmorency himself is captured, but Philip II refuses to press his advantage, and withdraws to the Netherlands.
Saturday, July 31, 1512 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, July 31, 1500 (Julianian calendar)
discovers an island which he names St Lawrence (after the saint's day on which it was first sighted), later to be known as Madagascar
Sunday, August 2, 1332 (Julianian calendar)
August 11 ndash Battle of Dupplin Moor: The Balliol rebels and the English defeat the loyalists of David II in Scotland.
Monday, August 2, 1316 (Julianian calendar)
Second Battle of Athenry ends with over 5,000 dead, and Norman rule retained in Ireland.
in Switzerland is first mentioned as Owe belonging to the commandry of the Knights Hospitaller in Bubikon.
The Pound sterling experiences the greatest year of inflation in its history, at 100.04 percent, losing over half its value.//www.measuringworth.com/inflation/
Tuesday, August 3, 1109 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Nakło: The Poles, led by Bolesław III Wrymouth, defeat the Pomeranians.
Sunday, August 5, 955 (Julianian calendar)
becomes King of England.
Friday, August 9, 435 (Julianian calendar)
A figure known to Mayanist
scholars as Casper begins a 52-year reign in Palenque