1876 the first successful voice transmission over Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone took place in Boston as his assistant heard Bell say, “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.” (The words were recounted by Bell in his lab notebook.)
1848 The Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war with Mexico.
2003 Facing almost certain defeat, the United States and Britain delayed a vote in the U.N. Security Council to give Saddam Hussein an ultimatum to disarm.
2007 President Bush, in Uruguay as part of his Latin America tour, asked Congress for $3.2 billion to pay for 8,200 more U.S. troops needed in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of the 21,500-troop buildup he had announced in January 2007.
1982 President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya.
1995 Car bomb explodes in Karachi at shiite mosque, 17+ killed.
2007 In their first direct talks since the Iraq war began, U.S. and Iranian envoys traded harsh words and blamed each other for Iraq’s crisis at a one-day international conference.
1902 Earthquake destroys Turkish city of Tochangri.
1906 Coal dust explosion kills 1,060 at Courrieres France.
1939 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad India.
1946 Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju Brazil.
1893 New Mexico State University cancels its 1st graduation ceremony, its only graduate Sam Steele was robbed & killed the night before
1849 Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent; only US President to do so.
1975 Dog spectacles patented in England.
1951 FBI director J Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner.
1933 Nevada becomes 1st US state to regulate narcotics.
1980 Willard Scott becomes the weather forecaster on the Today Show.
1994 1 million Greeks attend Melina Mercouri’s funeral.
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2003 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.”
1913 William Knox, becomes 1st in American Bowling Congress to bowl 300.
1995 Dow-Jones hits record 4035.64.
1785 Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.
1880 the Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England.
1949 Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally,” was convicted in Washington, D.C., of treason. (She served 12 years in prison.)
1948 The body of the anti-communist foreign minister of Czechoslovakia, Jan Masaryk, was found in the garden of Czernin Palace in Prague. Authorities said that his death was a suicide, but others continue to claim that he was murdered.
1980 “Scarsdale Diet” author Dr. Herman Tarnower was shot to death in Purchase, N.Y. (Tarnower’s former lover, Jean Harris, was convicted of murder; she served nearly 12 years in prison before being released in January 1993.)
418 Jews are excluded from public office in the Roman Empire.
1888 Barry Fitzgerald Dublin Ireland, actor (Academy Award-Going My Way).
1918 Heywood Hale Broun journalist.
1920 Jethro Burns country singer (Homer & Jethro).
1923 Ara Parseghian football coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame).
Talk show host Ralph Emery is 75. Bluegrass/country singer-musician Norman Blake is 70. Actor Chuck Norris is 68. Playwright David Rabe is 68. Singer Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean) is 68. Actress Katharine Houghton is 63. Rock musician Tom Scholz (Boston) is 61. Producer-director-writer Paul Haggis is 55. Actress Shannon Tweed is 51. Actress Sharon Stone is 50. Rock musician Gail Greenwood is 48. Magician Lance Burton is 48. Actress Jasmine Guy is 46. Rock musician Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is 45. Music producer Rick Rubin is 45. Britain’s Prince Edward is 44. Singer Edie Brickell is 42. Actor Stephen Mailer is 42. Actress Paget Brewster is 39. Country singer Daryle Singletary is 37. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 36. Actor Cristian de la Fuente is 34. Singer Robin Thicke is 31. Actress Bree Turner is 31. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shannon Miller is 31. Country singer Carrie Underwood is 25. Actress Emily Osment is 16.
1985 Konstantin U. Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union’s leader for just 13 months, died at age 73.
1988 Pop singer Andy Gibb died in Oxford, England, at age 30 of heart inflammation.
1998 Actor Lloyd Bridges died in Westwood, Calif., at age 85.
2007 Standup comedian Richard Jeni, 49, died at a Los Angeles hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
March 10, the 70th day of 2008. There are 296 days left in the year.