What happened on this date in history

August 10, 1998|By Jim Clark

ON THIS date in 1776, "E. Pluribus Unum" became the official U.S. motto. It means "one from many." It comes from the poem "Moretum." At the time, the phrase appeared on the cover of Gentleman's Magazine and was well-known in the colonies. It was used on the Great Seal of the United States.

In 1787, Wolfgang Mozart completed one of his most famous compositions, "A Little Night Music."

In 1779, Louis XVI of France freed the last remaining serfs on royal land.

In 1821, Missouri was admitted to the Union as the 24th state.

In 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was created with a $500,000 bequest from English chemist James Smithson.

DTC In 1859, the first milk inspectors in the United States were appointed in Boston.

In 1874, Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa. He was the first president born west of the Mississippi and the first to have a telephone on his White House desk.

In 1885, the first commercial streetcar began operating in Baltimore.

In 1921, future President Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home in Canada.

In 1945, rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard, 62, died of cancer in Baltimore. In 1919, he had published a paper titled "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes." He predicted rockets would one day reach the moon. His paper drew lots of skeptics, including the New York Times, which said, "He seems only to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."

In 1948, Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" premiered. The show started on ABC, lasting four months. In 1949, it moved to NBC for four more months, then to CBS, back to ABC and again back to NBC. It finally landed on CBS in 1960 and stayed there until 1967.

In 1969, Leno and Rosemary La Bianca were killed in their home by followers of Charles Manson.

In 1977, postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, N.Y., and accused in the "Son of Sam" killings. Berkowitz was alleged to have killed six people and wounded seven others.

In 1985, Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" became the first solo album by a female artist to sell 5 million copies.

L In 1987, "A Chorus Line" celebrated its 5,000th performance.

Jim Clark can be reached at clarknewol.com.

Pub Date: 8/10/98

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