What Happened On This Day In History: 10th March

In a calendar year, March 10th is the 69th day of the year (70th in a leap year). Throughout the years, there have been many events that took place on this day, some of which are mentioned below:

In the 1700s:

In 1785, it was on March 10th when Thomas Jefferson was appointed as the minister to France, thereby succeeding Benjamin Franklin. 

In the 1800s:

  • In 1804, the formal ceremony of transferring the Louisiana Purchase from France to the United States took place in St. Louis. 
  • Later on, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte got defeated by a combined Allied Army at the Battle of Laon in France. 
  • In 1849, Abraham Lincoln applied for a patent for a device to lift a boat over shoals and other obstructions. 
  • It was on this day in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call. Bell called his assistant Thomas Watson and said, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
  • In 1880, the Salvation Army from England arrived in the United States of America. 

In the 1900s:

  • In 1902, Tochangri, a place in Turkey, was wiped out entirely when it was hit by an earthquake. 
  • In 1910, China abolished any and all kinds of slavery. 
  • In 1912, China went on to become a republic after overthrowing the Manchu Ch’ing Dynasty. 
  • A few years later, in 1924, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld a New York State Law which forbade women to work late nights. 
  • In 1927, Prussia lifted its Nazi ban, thereby allowing Adolf Hitler to speak in public. 
  • In 1933, the state of Nevada became the first state in all of the United States to regulate drugs. 
  • In 1947, Poland and Czechoslovakia signed a 20-year mutual aid pact. 
  • Some years later, in 1966, France withdrew from NATO’s military command to protest against the United States’ dominance of the alliance. France also asked NATO to move its headquarters from Paris. 
  • In 1969, James Earl Ray pled guilty to the assassination of Sir Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. 
  • In 1971, the United States Senate approved a long-pending amendment which lowered the voting age to 18 years. 
  • In 1987, The Vatican condemned surrogate parenting, along with artificial insemination and test-tube insemination. 
  • In 1994, officials of the White House began to testify before a federal grand jury regarding the Whitewater controversy. 
  • In 1998, the U.S. troops located in the Persian Gulf began receiving the first vaccinations against anthrax. 

During the 2000s and 2010s:

  • In 2002, The Associated Press made reports that the Pentagon had been making contingency plans for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries like North Korea and Iraq. 
  • In 2003, North Korea test-fired a short-range missile, the first of many unusual military manoeuvres by the country. 
  • In 2010, Carlos Slim became the first Mexican, in addition to being the first person from an emerging economy to be on top of the Forbes Richest Person list. He had a net worth of US $53.5 billion. 
  • In 2013, Aung San Suu Kyi was re-elected as the leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy. 
  • In 2019, the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed just minutes after its take-off from Addis Ababa, thereby killing all 157 people who were on board. 

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