On this day
The US gained an important figure.
In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as a US Supreme Court Justice. She remained one of the most influential women in the US until her death in 2020. Her passing, however, meant that then-US President Donald Trump was able to nominate a replacement – which was one of the more controversial moments of his Presidency.
In Indonesia, the Paluweh volcano erupted in 2013. Six people died during the natural disaster, but many people local to the area refused to leave despite mandatory evacuation rules coming into play.
Israel and Palestine paused their conflict.
In 2014, Israeli and Palestinian officials agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire (which wasn't the first). Egypt, acting as a mediator, suggested the ceasefire. However, the conflict between Israel and Palestine continues to this day, having waged on since 1948, with at least 21,500 casualties.
A typhoon hit China.
In 2019, typhoon Lekima hit the Zhejiang province in China. At least 32 people died, and one million people were evacuated.
Special Days Falling on August 10thAround the world, August 10th has great significance to many people. Here are some of the most important holidays to celebrate today!
Ecuador Independence Day
Every year on August 10th, Ecuador celebrates its independence! It’s Día del Primer Grito de Independencia de Quito. Ecuador was the first of the Latin American countries to gain its independence, which inspired the others around them. On this very date back in 1809, the Ecuadorians of Quito rebelled and declared their independence from Spain, and in so doing, changed their country forever.
International Biodiesel Day
Every year, International Biodiesel Day commemorates the day that Rudolf Diesel discovered the diesel engine in 1890, using both petroleum fuel and vegetable oil! This created the possibility for organic oils and a potentially more environmentally-friendly future – a green concept that’s absolutely worth celebrating. Of course, electric vehicles, or EVs, have since come along!
World Lion Day
August 10th is also a day to take the time to appreciate one of the world’s most stunning creatures, the mighty lion. As wonderful as these animals are, however, they are still endangered due to poaching and hunting. So, today we shine a light on that and on the fact that the king of the jungle should be protected, respected, and supported, not hunted. Rather fitting, too, given that Leo is one of the two star signs honored in August.