Happy 70th Birthday to Ian Anderson, aka Jethro Tull!
Today is Friday, August 10, 2018, the 22nd day of the year with 143 days remaining.
...giving us 13 hours and 47 minutes of daylight. 3% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 7:54pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate
- High: 12:24pm/11:22pm
- Low: 5:16am/5:07pm
Special international celebrations today…
- Independence of Quito - Ecuador
- St. Lawrence Day - Spain (patron of cooks, protector of vineyards)
- Qiangtang Kyagqen Horse Racing Festivals - Tibet
- International Biodiesel Day
- World Lion Day
- Kool-Aid Day
- National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
- National Shapewear Day
- Paul Bunyan Day
- Skyscraper Appreciation Day
- Smithsonian Day
- S'mores Day
On this day in…
1792 - King Louis XVI was taken into custody by mobs during the French Revolution. He was executed the following January after being put on trial for treason.
1809 - Ecuador began its fight for independence from Spain.
1821 - Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.
1846 - The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress. The "Nation's Attic" was made possible by $500,000 given by scientist Joseph Smithson.
1859 - In Boston, MA, the first milk inspectors were appointed.
1869 - The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown.
1881 - Thomas Edison's exhibit opened the Paris Electrical Exhibition.
1885 - The first electric streetcar, to be used commercially, was operated in Baltimore, MD, by Leo Daft.
1914 - Austria-Hungary invaded Russia.
1921 - Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio.
1927 - Mount Rushmore was formally dedicated. The individual faces of the presidents were dedicated later.
1944 - U.S. forces defeated the remaining Japanese resistance on Guam.
1945 - The day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced they would surrender. The only condition was that the status of Emperor Hirohito would remain unchanged.
1947 - William Odom completed an around-the-world flight. He set the solo record by completing the flight in 73 hours and 5 minutes.
1948 - On ABC, "Candid Camera" made its TV debut. The original title was "Candid Microphone."
1949 - In the U.S., the National Military Establishment had its name changed to the Department of Defense.
1954 - Construction began on the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1965 - In Austin, TX, a fire burned part of the 20th floor of the 27-story University of Texas main building. A collection that contained items once owned by escape artist Harry Houdini and circus magnate P. T. Barnum were damaged by smoke and water.
1971 - Harmon Killebrew (Minnesota Twins) got his 500th and 501st home runs of his major league baseball career.
1973 - Arnold Palmer did not make the cut for the final two rounds of the PGA Golf Championship. It was the first time in his career.
1981 - Pete Rose hit a single and broke the National League all-time hit record with his 3,631 hit.
1993 - A massive deficit-reduction bill was signed into law by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton claimed presidential immunity when he asked a federal judge to dismiss, at least for the time being, a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Corbin Jones.
1995 - Norma McCorvey, "Jane Roe" of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, announced that she had joined the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
1999 - Near an India-Pakistan border area an Indian fighter jet shot down a Pakistani naval aircraft. Sixteen people were killed.
2003 - Ekaterina Dmitriev and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko were married. Malenchenko was about 240 miles above the earth in the international space station. It was the first-ever marriage from space.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
- Alexander Glazunov 1865
- Herbert Clark Hoover 1874
- Leo Fender 1909
- Jeff Corey 1914
- Al Alberts (Four Aces) 1922
- Rhonda Fleming 1923
- Claus Von Bulow 1926
- Jimmy Martin 1927
- Jimmy Dean 1928
- Eddie Fisher 1928
- Rocky Colavito 1933
- Bobby Hatfield (The Righteous Brothers) 1940
- Ronnie Spector 1947
- Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) 1947
- Patti Austin 1948
- Gene Johnson (Diamond Rio) 1949
- Daniel Hugh Kelly 1952
- Rosanna Arquette 1959
- Antonio Banderas 1960
- John Farriss (INXS) 1961
- Julia Fordham 1962
- Aaron Hall 1964
- Lorraine Pearson (Five Star) 1967
- Todd Nichols (Toad The Wet Sprocket) 1967
- Michael Bivins 1968
- Angie Harmon 1972
- Nikki Bratcher (Divine) 1980
- Kylie Jenner 1997 - TV personality, model