Today is Thursday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2017. There are 143 days left in the year.
On August 10, 1977, postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested, accused of being "Son of Sam," the gunman who killed six people and wounded seven others in the New York City area. (Berkowitz is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences.)
In 1846, President James K. Polk signed a measure establishing the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello.
In 1949, the National Military Establishment was renamed the Department of Defense.
In 1962, Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man made his debut in issue 15 of "Amazing Fantasy" (cover price: 12 cents).
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a measure providing $20,000 payments to still-living Japanese-Americans who were interned by their government during World War II.
In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Birthdays: Singer Ronnie Spector is 74. Rock singer-musician Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) is 70. Country musician Gene Johnson (Diamond Rio) is 68. Actress Rosanna Arquette is 58. Actor Antonio Banderas is 57. Reality TV star Kylie Jenner is 20.
Thought for Today: "There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea." -- Percy Williams Bridgeman, American scientist (1882-1961).