On This Day in History, March 10

Who is your favorite celebrity? If Chuck Norris tops your list, you may be aware that on this date he celebrates his birthday alongside other celebrities. You could watch some Chuck Norris films today, but don’t forget to learn something else about this date.

Explore the highlighted events of March 10 in history.

  • 1902 -A United States court of appeal ruled that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera.
  • 1906 – An underground fire sparked a massive explosion that spread through a series of mines killing over 1000 men in France.
  • 1917 – British troops took control of Baghdad forcing the Turkish troops to evacuate.
  • 1917 – A deadly earthquake magnitude of 6.3 in Long Beach, California, killed an estimated 140 people.
  • 1927 -Bavaria lifted a ban on Adolf Hitler’s speeches.
  • 1938 -On this date, the production Jezebel movie began premiering.
  • 1940 -For the first time on broadcast television, an opera was shown.
  • 1945 – Tokyo in fire after nighttime B-29 bombings, killing more than 100,000 people.
  • 1951 -FBI director J. Edgar Hoover declined the post of baseball commissioner.
  • 1952 -A military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.
  • 1956 -Rioting and demonstrations broke out in Cyprus following the deportation of Archbishop Makarios.
  • 1969- James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1988- An Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort Klosters nearly killed Prince Charles of England.
  • 1990- On this day, 22,000 gallons of sewage had spilled, running into Stoney Creek near Riveria Beach.
  • 1994- The Pentagon introduced new smoking policies in the Pacific.
  • 1997- The PalmPilot, developed by Jeffrey Hawkins, was released.
  • 2006- The idea of an English parliament was rejected by the Lord Chancellor.
  • 2009- Billy Corgan testified in front of Congress, in support of H.R. 848, the Performance Rights Act.
  • 2010- Carlos Slim became the first Mexican person from a developing country to top the Forbes Richest Person list, with a net worth of US$53.5 billion.
  • 2015- The family of Marvin Gaye won a record $7.3 million lawsuit for music copyright infringement against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.

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