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This Day In History — Smithsonian Institution Established

August 10

1821
Missouri became the 24th state in the United States.

1846
The Smithsonian Institution was established in Washington, D.C., from funds left by British scientist James Smithson.

1921
Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on Campobello island.

1944
U.S. forces seized Guam from Japan.

1948
Candid Camera with Allen Funt debuted on television.

1988
President Reagan signed a bill that awarded $20,000 to each survivor of the Japanese-American internment.

1993
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Birthdays

Herbert Hoover

1874–1964, American President.

Norma Shearer

actress (1900)

Jorge Amado

author (1912)

Rosanna Arquette

actress (1959)

Antonio Banderas

actor (1960)

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