Today in History for August 10th

Highlights of this day in history: 'Son of Sam' killer David Berkowitz caught near New York City; Leno and Rosemary LaBianca murdered by Charles Manson's cult; FDR stricken with polio; The Smithsonian Institution established. (Aug. 10)

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CAMILLE BOHANNON: August 10, 1977-- accused "Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz is arrested in Yonkers, New York. The 24-year-old postal worker is wanted for slaying six people and wounding seven others in nearby New York City. John Keenen is chief of detectives for the NYPD.

JOHN KEENAN: He was apprehended. He was advised of his rights. He was resigned to what appeared to be his fate. He made a statement [INAUDIBLE] you got me.

CAMILLE BOHANNON: Berkowitz is sentenced to 365 years in prison after confessing to the killings that panicked the Big Apple.

1969-- in Los Angeles, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca are murdered in their home by members of Charles Manson's cult. They are slain a day after the cult kills movie actress Sharon Tate and four others in her home.


FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT: The war was won by Republicans as well as by Democrats.

CAMILLE BOHANNON: Franklin D. Roosevelt is stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello. The disease paralyzes the future president for the rest of his life.

1988-- an apology and compensation for Japanese-Americans forced to relocate to internment camps during World War II. President Ronald Reagan signs a measure providing $20,000 payments to surviving detainees of the camps.

And 1846-- birth of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. With a stroke of a pen, President James Polk establishes the educational and research facility based in Washington. Today in history, August 10. Camille Bohannon, the Associated Press.