Today's History Trivia for March 10
1970 Nixon Bowling at the White House President Nixon, an avid bowler, had a one-lane bowling alley built in the basement of the White House. This famous photo of Nixon was hanging over the Dude's tiki bar in the Coen brother's film The Big Lebowski.
1982 The U.S. imposes economic sanctions against Libya including an embargo on Libyan oil imports, for its role in international terrorism.
1982 Jupiter Effect All of the planets align on the same side of the Sun. Some had predicted this would cause catastrophic disasters.
1970 National Credit Union Administration is established, supervises federal credit unions.
1880 Salvation Army George Scott Railton and seven women volunteers arrive in New York to start a U.S. branch of the organization which had been started in England by William Booth in 1865. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1876 First telephone call Alexander Graham Bell calls his assistant in the next room: "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you."
1864 Civil War Gen. Ulysses S. Grant assumes command of the Union Army.
1862 First U.S. paper money The federal government begins issuing demand notes in denominations of $5, $10, and $20. They were declared legal tender on March 17th. Source: Famous First Facts
Today's Birthdays for March 10
1928 James Earl Ray d. 1998 American assassin. He shot and killed Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968). At the time of the shooting, Ray was an escaped prisoner. He had escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary (1967) by hiding in a truck transporting bread from the prison bakery.
1964 Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (Edward Antony Richard Louis). Third son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
1940 Chuck Norris American middleweight karate champ, actor. Film: Missing in Action (1984), Delta Force (1986). TV: Walker: Texas Ranger.
1911 Warner Anderson d. 1976 American actor. TV: The Lineup (1954-60, Det. Lt. Ben Guthrie).
1810 John McCloskey d. 1885 American Roman Catholic prelate, archbishop of New York, the first American cardinal (1875). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1776 Louise d. 1810 Queen consort of Prussia (Luise Auguste Wilhelmine Amalie). Wife of Frederick William III.
1628 Marcello Malpighi d. 1694 Italian physician. Founder of microscopic anatomy, and the first to view (1661) capillary circulation.
1503 Ferdinand d. 1564 Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1558-64). His motto was Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus: "Let justice be done, though the world perish".
Deaths for March 10
1998 Lloyd Bridges b. 1913 American actor. TV: Sea Hunt (Mike Nelson). He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges.
1997 Stan Drake b. 1921 (Stanley Albert Drake), American cartoonist, co-creator of The Heart of Juliet Jones (1953).
1988 Andy Gibb b. 1958 British singer, songwriter, with the Bee Gees. Music: Stayin' Alive (1977) and Night Fever (1977, #1).
1986 Myron Cohen b. 1902 American comedian, world's most famous Jewish story teller.
1985 Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko b. 1911 President of the Soviet Union and general secretary of Soviet Communist Party.
1980 Herman Tarnower b. 1910 American physician, author. Writings: The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet (1979). He was killed by his ex-lover Jean Harris.
1913 Harriet Tubman b. circa 1820 ex-slave, ran the Underground Railroad with which she helped more than 300 slaves to safety.
1826 John VI b. 1767 King of Portugal (1816-26).
1810 Henry Cavendish b. 1731 English chemist, physicist, discovered nitric acid and was the first to recognize that hydrogen and oxygen combined to make water.
483 Saint Simplicius b. ???? religious leader, 47th Pope (468-483).