#TodayInHistory – August 103 min read
August 10 – Some important events on this day.
612 BC 👉🏼 Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire. Destruction of Nineveh.
70 👉🏼 Second Temple in Jerusalem set on fire by Roman army under Titus during the capture of the city
258 👉🏼 St. Lawrence was burned alive on a blazing gridiron. Due to this legendary coincidence, the shooting stars that occur on the night of St. Lawrence are said to represent the tears shed by the Saint during his torture, that drift eternally in heaven only to descend on Earth on this day 💫✨
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610 👉🏼 In Islam, the traditional date of the Laylat al-Qadr, when Muhammad began to receive the Qur’an
991 👉🏼 Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalised in a well-known poem.
1497 👉🏼 John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to “Asia”
1628 👉🏼 Swedish warship Vasa sinks in Stockholm.
With her pennons streaming out in the gentle Summer breeze, Sweden’s latest showpiece, the Vasa, was towed from her berth on her maiden voyage into the centre of the harbour – where she promptly sank killing perhaps 30 of approximately 150 people.
The ship was unstable due in part to constant changes in her design requested by Swedish King Gustav II Adolf.
1675 👉🏼 King Charles II and John Flamsteed lay the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London
1776 👉🏼 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
1787 👉🏼 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (A Little Serenade)
1792 👉🏼 A large scale insurrection against the French monarchy occurs in Paris
1793 👉🏼 Louvre palace officially opens in Paris as The Museum Central des Arts
1809 👉🏼 Ecuador declares independence from Spain (National Day)
1846 👉🏼 US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world’s largest museum and research complex
1885 👉🏼 Leo Daft opens America’s 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore
1970 👉🏼 Jim Morrison’s trial for “lewd and lascivious behavior” begins in Miami.
In August and September of 1970 Jim Morrison was put on trial on charges of obscenity in Miami, Florida. It was a case that pitted one of rock n roll’s most outrageous performers against conservative southern America.
The charges resulted from Morrison and The Doors performance at the Coconut Grove’s old Dinner Key Auditorium the year before. Morrison was eventually found guilty of just two charges, indecent exposure and open profanity and sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Morrison was appealing the judgement from his new home in Paris when he died aged 27 in 1971.
2017 👉🏼 100 year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers deemed “almost eatable” after being discovered in hut used by Captain Scott’s expedition in Antarctica.
2019 👉🏼 Monsoon flooding in southern and western India kills at least 150 with 40 dead in Kerala state and 100,000 in emergency relief camps.