Saturday, March 10. Slow news day, today. James Earl Ray has two entries, one for his birthday, and one for the day he pled guilty to killing Martin Luther King.
Also, Chuck Norris was born today.
Anyway, here’s what’s happened today in years past…
1804 – Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.
1814 – Napoleon I of France is defeated at the Battle of Laon in France.
1848 – The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is ratified by the United States Senate, ending the Mexican-American War.
1864 – American Civil War: The Red River Campaign begins as Union troops reach Alexandria, Louisiana.
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
1891 – Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the Strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.
1933 – An earthquake in Long Beach, California kills 115 people and causes an estimated $40 million dollars in damage.
1945 – The U.S. Army Air Force firebombs Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.
1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Lima Site 85, concluding the 11th with largest single ground combat loss of United States Air Force members (12) during that war.
1969 – In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later retracts his plea.
1970 – Vietnam War: Captain Ernest Medina is charged by the U.S. Military with My Lai war crimes.
1977 – Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus.
2000 – The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom.
2006 – The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
James Earl Ray
2008 – The New York Times reveals that Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer had patronized a prostitution service.
1928 – James Earl Ray, American assassin (d. 1998)
1940 – Chuck Norris, American actor and martial artist
1957 – Osama bin Laden, Saudi Islamist and leader of al-Qaeda (d. 2011)
1958 – Sharon Stone, American actress
1913 – Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist (b. 1820)
1988 – Andy Gibb, English-born singer (b. 1958)
1998 – Lloyd Bridges, American actor (b. 1913)
2010 – Corey Haim, Canadian actor (b. 1971)