August 10

This Day in History


New Observatory to Aid Sailors

On August 10, 1675, under the patronage of King Charles II, the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory is laid at Greenwich in London. The observatory was built to provide English navigators with … (more...)


First Herbicides Sprayed in Vietnam

Operation Ranch Hand, the central component of the US military's highly controversial herbicidal warfare initiative Operation Trail Dust, occurred in rural parts of South Vietnam during the Vietnam … (more...)


First Space Marriage

On this day in 2003, Ukrainian-Russian cosmonaut Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space when he wed Ekaterina Dmitrieva. Born in Svitlovodsk, Kirovohrad Oblast, … (more...)