By Bonnie Adams, Government Editor
On this day in 1846, President James K. Polk signed the Smithsonian Institution Act into law. The unusual thing about this act? The monies were donated at the bequest of an English scientist, James Smithson, who had never even been to the United States but nonetheless directed the action via his will.
On this day in 1977, one of the most infamous murderers in modern times, David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) was arrested for killing six people and injuring eight others in a one year period in the New York City area.
And on this day in 1961, the U.S. Army used Agent Orange for the first time in the Vietnam War.
Happy birthday today to: actor Antonio Banderas (1960); actress Angie Harmon (1972) and the leader of Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson (1947).
Here are six tips for the day –
1. Author Paul Doiron, who is also the Editor-in-Chief if Downeast Magazine, will be at Tatnuck Bookseller Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11 to discuss his new book, “Bad Little Falls.”
2. On Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m., the Saturday Morning Discovery Series will present the Sambadees, Dance Music of Brazil troupe from the Berkshires, on Union Common, 91 Main St., Marlborough.
3. The first annual Jams for Cans charity concert will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Ellsworth-McAfee Park in Northborough to benefit the Northborough Food Pantry and Helping Hands of Northborough.?For more information:
4. Here's another great event happening at Ellsworth-McAfee Park, this time on Sunday, August 12.
5. Marlborough seniors are invited to FISH restaurant on Monday, Aug. 13 to have a complimentary dessert and coffee (or beverage of choice) and enjoy Dr. Gary Hylander's presentation on First Ladies of the Civil War: Varina Davis and Mary Lincoln.
6. Before Kanye, Rihanna, and Jay-Z, there were stars like Martin, Sinatra and Miller. Read this great story about a man dedicated to ensuring fans have a place to tune in to hear those golden oldies of yesteryear.