Today in History
515 BC The building of the great Jewish temple
in Jerusalem is completed.
241 BC The Roman fleet sinks 50 Carthaginian
ships in the Battle of Aegusa.
49 BC Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon and
1656 In the colony of Virginia, suffrage is
extended to all free men regardless of their religion.
1776 “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine is
1785 Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to
1806 The Dutch in Cape Town, South Africa
surrender to the British.
1814 Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated by an
allied army at the Battle of Laon, France.
1848 The treaty of Guadeloupe-Hidalgo is signed
which ends the United States’ war with Mexico.
1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first
telephone call to Thomas Watson saying “Watson,
come here. I need you.”
1893 New Mexico State University cancels its
first graduation ceremony, because the only graduate
was robbed and killed the night before.
1902 The Boers of South Africa score their last
victory over the British, capturing British General
Methuen and 200 men.
1910 Slavery is abolished in China.
1924 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New
York state law forbidding late-night work for women.
1927 Prussia lifts its Nazi ban, Adolf Hitler is
allowed to speak in public.
1933 Nevada becomes the first U.S. state to
1941 Vichy France threatens to use its navy
unless Britain allows food to reach France.
1943 Adolf Hitler calls Field Marshall Erwin
Rommel back from Tunisia in North Africa.
1944 The Irish refuse to oust all Axis envoys and
deny the accusation of spying on Allied troops.
1945 American B-29 bombers attack Tokyo,
1947 The Big Four meet in Moscow to discuss
the future of Germany.
1948 Author Zelda Fitzgerald (wife of F. Scott)
dies in a fire at Highland Hospital.
1953 North Korean gunners at Wonsan fire on
the USS Missouri, the ship responds by firing 998
rounds at the enemy position.
1954 President Dwight Eisenhower calls Senator
Joseph McCarthy a peril to the Republican Party.
1966 The North Vietnamese capture a Green
Beret camp at Ashau Valley.
1969 James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the murder
of Dr. Martin Luther King and is sentenced to 99 years
1971 The Senate approves a Constitutional
amendment to lower the voting age to 18.
1975 The North Vietnamese Army attacks the
South Vietnamese town of Ban Me Thout, the
offensive will end with total victory in Vietnam.
1980 Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, lends his
support to the militants holding the American
hostages in Tehran.
1982 The United States bans Libyan oil imports,
because of the continued support of terrorism.
1987 The Vatican condemns surrogate parenting
as well as test-tube and artificial insemination.
Born on March 10
1503 Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor.
1772 Friedrich Von Schlegel, German romantic
poet and critic (Philosophy of History, History of
1845 Alexander III, Russian czar.
1845 Hallie Quinn Brown, American educator,
women’s rights leader.
1903 Leon Bismarck “Bix” Beiderbecke, jazz
cornetist and composer.
1909 Kathryn McLean (Forbes), author (Mama’s
1916 James Herriot, Scottish writer and country
veterinarian (All Creatures Great and Small).
1918 Günther Rall, German Luftwaffe ace in
World War II.
1940 David Rabe, playwright (Sticks and Bones,
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