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.

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