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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Today in History

Otto organizes his nobles and defeats the invading Magyars at the Battle of Lechfeld in Germany.
King Francis of France declares that all official documents are to be written in French, not Latin.
French troops are defeated by Emmanuel Philibert’s Spanish army at St. Quentin, France.
Russia ends its 25-year war with Poland.
The Swedish warship Vasa capsizes and sinks in Stockholm harbor on her maiden voyage.
Louis XVI of France frees the last remaining serfs on royal land.
William 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.
The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of James Smithson.
Confederate Commander John Bell Hood sends his cavalry north of Atlanta to cut off Union General William Sherman‘s supply lines.
The House of Lords in Great Britain gives up its veto power, making the House of Commons the more powerful House.
The Treaty of Bucharest ends the Second Balkan War.
Great Britain and the Soviet Union promise aid to Turkey if it is attacked by the Axis Powers.
The National Military Establishment is renamed the Department of Defense.
President Harry S. Truman calls the National Guard to active duty to fight in the Korean War.
English jockey Sir Gordon Richards retires with a world-record total of 4,870 victories, later broken by Johnny Longden of the United States. Richards was the first jockey ever to be knighted.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway is held at Massena, New York.
NASA launches Discoverer 13, a satellite; it would become the first object ever recovered from orbit.
Rocker Jim Morrison is tried in Miami on “lewd & lascivious behavior charges.” Although convicted and sentenced to jail, he was free on bond while his case was being appealed when he died in Paris, July 3, 1971.
David Frost purchases the exclusive rights to interview Nixon.
The US and Panama sign the Panama Canal Zone accord, guaranteeing Panama would have control of the canal after 1999.
The last British troops leave Hong Kong. After 156 years of British rule, the island is returned to China.
For the first time ever, temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit when thermometers hit 101.3 F (38.5 Celsius)  at Kent.
All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes after Scotland Yard disrupts a a major terrorist plot involving liquid explosives. After a few weeks, the toiletries ban was modified.

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