10 August It Happened Today

1846  The Smithsonian Institute is established in Washington.

1874  Birth of American president Herbert Hoover.

1885  The first Promenade Concert is held in London, organised by Sir Henry Wood.

1896  Death of German aviation pioneer Otto Lilenthal, in a glider crash.

1949  John George Haigh, the “acid bath” murderer, is hanged in Wandsworth Prison in London.

1969  American actress Sharon Tate is found murdered in her Hollywood home.

1984  American athlete Mary Decker falls over the leg of barefoot runner Zola Budd in the final of the 3000m at the Los Angeles Olympics.

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