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10 Mar, 1969 - U.S.A. James Earl Ray
10th March, 1969 : The verdict had been decided. James Earl Ray pleaded guilty of the crime of assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr. a major civil rights leader of the times. King was killed in Memphis Tennessee on April 4th
, 1968. Ray was sentenced 99 years in prison.
10 Mar, 1964 - U.S.A. Ford Mustang
10th March, 1964 : The first Ford Mustang is manufactured ready for release on April 16th.
10 Mar, 1902 - U.S.A. Patent Dispute
10th March, 1902 : This was the day that a case regarding the invention of the movie camera was decided. The U.S. Court ruled that Thomas Edison was not the original inventor of the movie camera. However, it was ruled that he had created the sprocket system used to move film through the camera.
10 Mar, 1906 - France Underground Fire
10th March, 1906 : An underground fire sparks a massive explosion that spreads through a series of mines killing over 1000 men in Courrieres, France.
10 Mar, 1917 - Iraq Baghdad
10th March, 1917 : British troops take control of Baghdad forcing the Turkish troops to evacuate.
10 Mar, 1917 - U.S.A. Earthquake
10th March, 1917 : A deadly earthquake magnitude of 6.3 at Long Beach, California, kills an estimated 140 people.
10 Mar, 1920 - West Virginia
10th March, 1920 : Word was that the West Virginia democratic state committee was planning to endorse John W. Davis, Ambassador to England as a presidential candidate. He had not received a dispatch from West Virginia Regarding this issue. Apparently, Davis was in London at the time, since that is the location of where this report came (news of possible candidacy).
10 Mar, 1938 - U.S.A. Jezebel
10th March, 1938 : Starting on this date, the production Jezebel was shown. Bette Davis was one of the main actresses featured in this movie. For this role, Davis had won an Oscar for Best Actress.
10 Mar, 1940 - U.S.A. Opera Shown On TV
10th March, 1940 : For the first time on broadcast television, an opera was broadcast into living rooms across the nation. The opera was Ruggiero Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci."
10 Mar, 1940 - England Peace Talks
10th March, 1940 : Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles met with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in London, England to discuss a peace proposal. This particular talk took place not too long after a meeting with Adolf Hitler that was planned in Berlin, Germany.
10 Mar, 1942 - Australia Japanese landed
10th March, 1942 : The Japanese have landed for the third time in Australia-this time about 400 miles from the mainland. Australia was soon to become the next World War II target.
10 Mar, 1945 - World War II Tokyo Firebombed
10th March, 1945 : B-29 fighter planes firebombed Tokyo.
10 Mar, 1956 - China Formosa
10th March, 1956 : According to the press, new offensives were being carried out by Communist troops. These attacks were to take place across from Formosa, and north as far as the mouth of the Yangtze River. Formose premier O.K. Yui, made mention in his own way that the province was prepared for the attack, and warned the communists of the fierce battle to take place.
10 Mar, 1956 - Cyprus Archbishop Makarios
10th March, 1956 : Following the deportation by British authorities of Archbishop Makarios. Rioting and demonstrations have broken out in Cyprus.
10 Mar, 1959 - Tibet Dalai Lama
10th March, 1959 : After the Chinese invasion and control of Tibet, Tibetan rebels revolt against the Chinese control by surrounding the summer palace of the Dalai Lama to protect the Dalai Lama but he is forced to flee to India who granted him political asylum.
10 Mar, 1972 - China Chiang Kai Shek
10th March, 1972 : Chiang Kai Shek was asked by the Nationalist Party to continue as president of China. He was to be elected as of March 21st and will serve his fifth term of six years. One of Kai Shek’s challenges during this time was to stand against communist foreign policy-making.
10 Mar, 1973 - Bermuda British Governor Shot
10th March, 1973 : The British governor and his assistant are assassinated in Bermuda.
10 Mar, 1975 - Vietnam Ban Me Thout
10th March, 1975 : The city of Ban Me Thout was seized by North Vietnamese troops. Intense fighting occurred, almost exactly two years after a cease-fire was agreed upon after Paris peace talks had taken place. This particular battle was a major loss for the South Vietnam.
10 Mar, 1985 - Vietnam Konstantin U. Chernenko
10th March, 1985 : The Soviet leader Konstantin U. Chernenko has died at age 73 and Politburo member Mikhail S. Gorbachev is chosen to succeed him.
10 Mar, 1988 - Switzerland Prince Charles
10th March, 1988 : An avalanche hit the British royal party including Prince Charles as they were ski-ing off piste above the resort of Klosters in Switzerland . The Prince and several other members of the party, including their guide, were able to ski to safety, but the one of the Prince's closest friends Major Hugh Lindsay, former equerry to the Queen is not so lucky.
10 Mar, 1988 - Lebanon
10th March, 1988 : Good news was announced on March 10, 1988
. Briton Peter Coleridge British relief worker of the American Oxfam Agency was released along with Syrian relief assistant Omar Traboulsi two days ago (March 8, 1988). These men were both abducted at a Palestinian refugee camp about a week prior to this date.
10 Mar, 1990 - U.S.A. Sewage Spill
10th March, 1990 : On this day, 22,000 gallons of sewage had spilled, and had run into Stoney Creek near Riveria Beach. The spill was caused by a sewage line valve failure. Water in this area was then tested for safety reasons.
10 Mar, 1990 - Iraq Farzad Bazoft
10th March, 1990 : A court in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has imposed the death sentence on The Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft.
10 Mar, 1993 - U.S.A. Dr. David Gunn
10th March, 1993 : Dr. David Gunn is murdered by an anti-abortion activist ( Michael F. Griffin ) outside a Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic.
10 Mar, 1994 - U.S.A. Non Smoking Policy
10th March, 1994 : The Pentagon has introduced new smoking policies in the Pacific. For example, smoking is not allowed on military bases such as the ones located in Japan (including on the Okinawan Island) and Korea. At this time there was varying opinions expressed about the effectiveness of these new smoking laws. One point of view was that no smoking except in designate areas is the norm on certain Air Force bases already anyway. However, one big change would be that smokers would need to report outside in order to light up. Some exceptions applied, such as inside certain restaurants and bars where certain areas were still set aside for smoking.
10 Mar, 2000 - U.S.A. Top Of the DOT COM Bubble
10th March, 2000 : The technology-heavy NASDAQ Composite index peaks at 5,048 twice the figure of 12 months earlier ( Over the next 2 years the NASDAQ had reduced to less than 1,500 ) in 2008 the NASDAQ had still only recovered to less than 3,000.
10 Mar, 2002 - Palestine Israeli Attack
10th March, 2002 : Israeli helicopters attacked and destroyed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's office in Gaza City.
10 Mar, 2005 - Iraq Suicide Bomber
10th March, 2005 : A suicide bomber wired with bombs blows himself up at a funeral in Mosul, Iraq, killing at least 47 people.
10 Mar, 2006 - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (M.R.O.)
10th March, 2006 : NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has parked itself in an elliptical orbit around the planet. There was a tense period of radio silence when the spacecraft passed behind Mars. The probe will steadily be reducing the size of its orbit until it reaches an optimal position to start its studies. The M.R.O. will be examining the surface and atmosphere in great detail. The spacecraft's engines have fired, and slowed its speed, and this has allowed it to be captured by Mars' gravity. Its continual experiments will result in periods of radio silence.
10 Mar, 2006 - England No English Parliament
10th March, 2006 : The idea of an English parliament has been rejected by the Lord Chancellor in a speech on devolution. He said that such an institution would lead to the break up of the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party has said it was against an English parliament as well, but wanted England-only votes on English issues at Westminster. One of its frontbenchers has said it is wrong that Scottish and Welsh M.P's can vote on English matters but not vice-versa.
10 Mar, 2007 - US President approves more troops for Iraq and Afghanistan
10th March, 2007 : President Bush has approved a further 8,200 troops for Iraq and Afghanistan on top of reinforcements he has already ordered. This move has come during the fiery debates that are taking place in Washington over the wars. The President had agreed to send additional troops to provide support for those combat forces and to handle more anticipated Iraqi prisoners. He also decided to send a 3,500-member brigade to Afghanistan to accelerate the training of local forces.
10 Mar, 2008 - Obama refutes Clinton as a running mate
10th March, 2008 : Barack Obama has implored voters to discount the political chatter about him joining the Hillary Clinton's presidential ticket. 'I don't know how somebody who's in second place can offer the vice-presidency to someone who's in first place,' he said. 'If I'm not ready, how is it that you think I should be such a great vice-president?' In a Mississippi town meeting he said that 'I've won twice as many states as Senator Clinton' and 'I have more delegates than Senator Clinton.'
10 Mar, 2009 - US Senate passes ‘pork-barreled’ spending omnibus
10th March, 2009 : The Senate has voted for the spending bill that will fund the U.S. Government for the rest of the budget year. This has happened despite the complaints of spending nearly $8 billion in what critics called 'pork-barrel' projects. The Senators have voted 62-35 to cut off debate on the $410 billion measure. The omnibus spending bill has included more than eight thousand congressional 'earmarks,' which have caused critics to question the President's pledge to end wasteful spending. Senator McCain has been a longtime critic of congressional spending and said that the vote has shown that it was 'business as usual.'
10 Mar, 2011 - Wisconsin Passes Anti-Union Budget
10th March, 2011 : After weeks of protests and efforts by Democratic Senators in the state of Wisconsin to block an anti-union provision in the budget bill, Senate Republicans passed the bill using a procedural move to bypass further interruption by those opposed. The provision would strip public workers in the state of their collective bargaining rights which activists believed was a purely political move against unions. Governor Scott Walker denied the move was political and stated the action was needed to balance the budget.
10 Mar, 2012 - US Coke and Pepsi Alter Soda Formulas
10th March, 2012 : Coke and Pepsi have altered their formulas slightly in order to avoid having to place a cancer warning label on bottles of their products. The companies have changed the way that they make the caramel coloring in the drinks by adding less 4-MEI, the carcinogen in question. The formulas had already been changed in the US state of California and are now going to be changed in the rest of the states.
10 Mar, 2013 - Swedish Princess Dies
10th March, 2013 : Princess Lilian of Sweden died at the age of ninety-seven after suffering from Alzheimer's for several years. Princess Lilian was born in Wales and had married in to the Swedish royal family after falling in love with Prince Bertil. Their romance was well known in the country and the couple had faced many objections to their marriage.
10 Mar, 2014 - North Korean Leader Wins Unanimous Election
10th March, 2014 : North Korea leader Kim Jong-un was unanimously elected to the North Korean parliament in his district. This was the first of such type of elections to take place since Kim Jong-un took power in 2011.
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Osama bin Laden
March 10th 1957 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
May 2nd 2011 Abottabad, Pakistan
Known For :
Best known as the founding leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, which is a fundamentalist Sunni movement calling for global jihad ( holy war ). Known for the September 11 attacks on the United States, al-Qaeda train, indoctrinate and induce followers to take part in suicide attacks on targets as identified by al-Qaeda including 1993
World Trade Center bombing, 1998 United States embassy bombing, USS Cole bombing and the September 11 attacks on World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Bin Laden was killed by United States Navy SEALs in special operation led by the CIA.
James Earl Ray
March 10th 1928 Alton, Illinois, USA
April 23rd, 1998 Nashville, Tennessee
Known For :
James Earl Ray was convicted and sentenced for the murder of American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on ( April 4, 1968
, in Memphis, Tennessee ). The case is steeped in mystery 50 years later as following his original confession , he later retracted his confession and denied the assassination till his dying day. It is not unusual for a convicted murderer to deny the crime, but what is unusual in this case is the family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr also believes he was innocent of the crime. James Earl Ray was what many call a career criminal most of his adult life having been convicted and spent time in prison for burglary, armed robbery and mail fraud, and many believe an ideal patsy for whoever did commit the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.