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On March tenth, 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 you."
On this date:
In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was
appointed minister to France, succeeding Benjamin
In 1848, the
Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,
ending the war with Mexico.
In 1864, Ulysses
S. Grant became commander of the Union armies in
the Civil War.
In 1880, the
Salvation Army arrived in the United States from
In 1948, the body
of the anti-Communist foreign minister of
Czechoslovakia, Jan Masaryk, was found in the
garden of Czernin Palace in Prague.
In 1949, Nazi
wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also
known as "Axis Sally," was convicted in
Washington DC of treason. (She served 12 years in
In 1965, Neil
Simon's play "The Odd Couple," starring
Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as
Felix Unger, opened on Broadway.
In 1969, James
Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tennessee, to
the assassination of Martin Luther King Junior.
(Ray later repudiated that plea, maintaining his
innocence until his death.)
"Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman
Tarnower was shot to death in Purchase, New York.
(Jean Harris, convicted of murder, served nearly
12 years in prison before being released in
Konstantin U. Chernenko, Soviet leader for just
13 months, died at age 73.
Ten years ago:
Haitian ruler Lieutenant General Prosper Avril
resigned during a popular uprising against his
Five years ago:
The Labor Department reported the nation's
unemployment rate for February dropped to
five-point-four percent, down three-tenths of a
percentage point from the month before. The
Clinton administration released three billion
dollars to support Mexico's faltering economy.
Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de
Gortari fled to the United States.
One year ago:
During a visit to Guatemala, President Clinton
acknowledged the US role in Central America's
"dark and painful period" of civil wars
"We must not waste
life in devising means. It is better to plan less
and do more."
William Ellery Channing, American clergyman