Today in History
August 10
955Otto organizes his nobles and defeats the invading Magyars at the Battle of Lechfeld in Germany.
1539King Francis of France declares that all official documents are to be written in French, not Latin.
1557French troops are defeated by Emmanuel Philibert's Spanish army at St. Quentin, France.
1582Russia ends its 25-year war with Poland.
1628The Swedish warship Vasa capsizes and sinks in Stockholm harbor on her maiden voyage.
1779Louis XVI of France frees the last remaining serfs on royal land.
1831William Driver of Salem, Massachusetts, is the first to use the term "Old Glory" in connection with the American flag, when he gives that name to a large flag aboard his ship, the Charles Daggett.
1846The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of James Smithson.
1864Confederate Commander John Bell Hood sends his cavalry north of Atlanta to cut off Union General William Sherman's supply lines.
1911The House of Lords in Great Britain gives up its veto power, making the House of Commons the more powerful House.
1913The Treaty of Bucharest ends the Second Balkan War.
1941Great Britain and the Soviet Union promise aid to Turkey if it is attacked by the AxisPowers.
1950President Harry S. Truman calls the National Guard to active duty to fight in the Korean War.

Born on August 10
1753Edmund Jennings Randolph, governor of Virginia and first U.S. attorney general.
1810Camillo di Cavour, helped bring about the unification of Italy under the House of Saxony.
1874Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States (1929-1933).
1909George W. Crockett, first African-American lawyer with the U.S. Department of Labor.
1909Leo Fender, inventor of the first mass-produced electric guitar.
1928Eddie Fisher, American singer.

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