Today in History — March 10, 2018

Published Mar 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

Today is Saturday, March 10, the 69th day of 2018. There are 296 days left in the year. Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday local time.

Today in History

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson, heard Bell say over his experimental telephone: “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you” from the next room of Bell’s Boston laboratory.

On this date:

In 1496, Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.

In 1848, the U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War.

In 1933, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered off Long Beach, California, resulted in 120 deaths.

In 1948, the body of the anti-Communist foreign minister of Czechoslovakia, Jan Masaryk (yahn mah-SAH’-reek), was found in the garden of Czernin (CHEHR’-neen) Palace in Prague.

In 1959, the Tennessee Williams play “Sweet Bird of Youth,” starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, opened at Broadway’s Martin Beck Theatre.

In 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tennessee (on his 41st birthday) to assassinating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (Ray later repudiated that plea, maintaining his innocence until his death.)

In 1973, the Pink Floyd album “The Dark Side of the Moon” was first released in the U.S. by Capitol Records (the British release came nearly two weeks later).

In 1985, Konstantin U. Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union’s leader for 13 months, died at age 73; he was succeeded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 1988, pop singer Andy Gibb died in Oxford, England, at age 30 of heart inflammation.

In 1993, Dr. David Gunn was shot to death outside a Pensacola, Florida, abortion clinic. (Shooter Michael Griffin is serving a life sentence.)

In 2003, shortly before the start of the Iraq war, Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, told a London audience: “Just so you know... we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” (Maines later apologized for the phrasing of her remark.)

Today’s Birthdays

Talk show host Ralph Emery is 85. Bluegrass/country singer-musician Norman Blake is 80. Actor Chuck Norris is 78. Playwright David Rabe is 78. Singer Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean) is 78. Actress Katharine Houghton (Film: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”) is 76. Actor Richard Gant is 74. Rock musician Tom Scholz (Boston) is 71. Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell is 71. TV personality/businesswoman Barbara Corcoran (TV: “Shark Tank”) is 69. Actress Aloma Wright is 68. Blues musician Ronnie Earl (Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters) is 65. Producer-director-writer Paul Haggis is 65. Alt-country/rock musician Gary Louris is 63. Actress Shannon Tweed is 61. Pop/jazz singer Jeanie Bryson is 60. Actress Sharon Stone is 60. Rock musician Gail Greenwood is 58. Magician Lance Burton is 58. Movie producer Scott Gardenhour is 57. Actress Jasmine Guy is 56. Rock musician Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is 55. Music producer Rick Rubin is 55. Britain’s Prince Edward is 54. Rock singer Edie Brickell is 52. Contemporary Christian singer Michael Barnes (Red) is 39. Actor Edi Gathegi is 39. Rock musician Matt Asti (MGMT) is 38. Actor Thomas Middleditch is 36. Country singer Carrie Underwood is 35. Actress Olivia Wilde is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer

Thought for Today

“Show me a man who claims he is objective and I’ll show you a man with illusions.” — Henry R. Luce, American magazine publisher (1898-1967).