August 10th Today in History
Famous People & Celebrities Born on August 10th:
Famous and Noteworthy Events on August 10th:
- Riddick Bowe
(1967) - During Bowe's 1993 match with Evander Holyfield, a mysterious man captured worldwide media attention after he parachuted into the boxing ring.
- Antonio Banderas
(1960) - Banderas says of his wife, Melanie Griffith, "There is a passion between Melanie and I that cannot be denied, If I had denied my love for Melanie, I would have died inside." When Banderas first met his mother-in-law, Tippi Hendren, he freaked out after one of her pet lions ran toward him. Before Banderas became an international star, he made a shockingly explicit gay movie in Spain. For awhile, he was afraid his naked romps with another man would blow his Latin lover image, but it didn't. Banderas admits he takes his sex symbol status with a grain of salt and whenever he looks in the mirror, he laughs. According to a 1996 survey sponsored by Gillette deodorant, Banderas and Madonna are "America's Smelliest Celebrities" Banderas flicks: Voice of "Puss in Boots" in Shrek 2 (2004), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), Imagining Argentina (2003), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002), Frida (2001), Spy Kids (2001), The Body (2001)Mask of Zorro (1998), Desperado (1995), Assassins (1995)
- Rhonda Fleming
(1923) - Actress
- Jimmy Dean
(1928) - Singer & sausage maker.
- Bobby Hatfield
(1940) - Righteous Brothers. "Unchained Melody," (1965), "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (1964), Hatfield met singing partner Bill Medley while both were performing with the band The Paramours. They later became the Righteous Brothers after a black fan referred to them as "righteous." Bobby died of a drug overdose on November 5, 2003.
- Ian Anderson
(1947) - Singer and flautist with Jethro Tull. In 2000 Anderson appeared at a New York animal clinic to promote "Spay Day USA" -- a day that encourages the spaying and neutering of pets. The musician is also a fish farmer in Scotland where he owns four factories that churn out 20 million pounds of smoked salmon each year. He started the fish farming operation years ago as a tax break, and now employs 250 people. John Tesh considers Anderson to be his biggest musical influence. The name of the band, Jethro Tull, comes from an 18th century British inventor who created a machine for sowing seeds. Jethro Tull hits: "Bungle In The Jungle" (1974), "Aqualung" (1971).
- Patti Austin
(1948) - Singer. Quincy Jones is her godfather. Austin's tune, "Baby, Come to Me," became a No. 1 hit in 1983 after it was used as a General Hospital love theme.
- Rosanna Arquette
(1959) - The actress is the inspiration behind the Toto hit, "Rosanna." At the time it was written, she was the girlfriend of lead singer Steve Lukather. In 1997 High Society magazine gave Arquette its annual "Cinema Sex Award" for her on-screen romp with Holly Hunter in the 1996 flick Crash. Other Arquette flicks: Max and Grace (2004), Gilded Stones (2004), Joe Dirt (2001), Whole Nine Yards (2000), Too much Flesh (2000).
- Claudia Christian
(1965) - The actress and model played Commander Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5. Flicks: Quiet Kill (2004), Half Past Dead (2002), Atlantis (2001).
- Angie Harmon
(1972) - Played Asst. D.A. Abbie Carmichael on Law & Order. She's married to football player Jason Sehorn. Flicks: Agent Cody Banks (2003), Good Advice (2001)
(1776) - The Latin phrase "e pluribus unum" (out of many: one) became the official motto of the newly formed United States.
(1821) - Missouri became the 24th state. State Nickname: Show-me State. State Musical Instrument: Fiddle. Born or Residing In Missouri: Burt Bacharach (songwriter); Yogi Berra (baseball athlete); George Washington Carver (scientist); Walter Cronkite; Walt Disney; Redd Foxx (comedian); Jesse James; Vincent Price; Ginger Rogers; Harry Truman; Mark Twain (author); Dick Van Dyke; Laura Ingalls Wilder.
(1846) - The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., was established. The museum -- which has been called "America's Attic" -- was started with a $500,000 donation from British scientist, James Smithson.
(1889) - The screw cap was patented by inventor Daniel Rylands.
(1932) - The original Rin Tin Tin died in the arms of his master. The famous German shepherd appeared in scads of movies and became one of Hollywood's most famous animal stars. In his heyday, Rin Tin Tin was insured for $100,000 and enjoyed the services of his own valet, chauffeur and chef.
(1969) - Charles Manson follower Charlie "Tex" Watson murdered Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.
(1972) - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for possession of marijuana by Swedish police. After paying a $1,200 fine, Paul jokingly told reporters that the arrest would provide great publicity for his concert later that evening.
(1975) - President Ford's wife, Betty, shocked the nation when she said in a TV interview that she suspected all of her children had tried marijuana. She also said she wouldn't be surprised if her 18-year-old daughter, Susan, were to tell her she was having an affair.
(1977) - New York police arrested 24-year-old David Berkowitz -- a.k.a. the Son of Sam. Berkowitz was charged with the murder of six people over a 13-month period.
(1985) - Madonna's album, Like A Virgin, became the first solo album recorded by a female artist to be certified for sales of five million copies.
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