Calendar for March 10th, 2014

Born 1452: Ferdinand V (King of Aragon)

1785: Thomas Jefferson became U.S. minister to France

Born 1791: Angel de Saavedra (poet, dramatist)

1797: Thomas Jefferson presented a paper on the megalonyx (which was later determined to be an extinct giant ground sloth)

1862: U.S. national paper currency first issued

1863: The first royal wedding took place at Windsor Castle in St. George's chapel. Edward, Prince of Wales, married Alexandra, Princess of Denmark

1864: Ulysses S. Grant became the Lt. Gen. of Union army in the Civil War

Born 1867: Lillian D. Wald (social worker)

1876: Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message to his assistant saying, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

1880: Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven women officers officially began the work of the Salvation Army in the U.S.

Born 1888: Barry Fitzgerald (actor)

Born 1903: Bix Beiderbecke (jazz musician)

Died 1913: Harriet Tubman (American abolitionist)

1913: William Knox bowled first perfect 300 game in competition

Born 1918: Victor Manuel Blanco (astronomer who helped build the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile)

Born 1923: Kenneth Burns (singer)

Born 1928: James Earl Ray (convicted of assassinating Martin Luther King Jr.)

1933: A 6.4 earthquake killed 120 people and caused $50 million in damages, Long Beach, California

Born 1940: Chuck Norris (actor)

Born 1940: David Rabe (playwright)

Died 1948: Zelda Fitzgerald (wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald)

1949: Mildred E. Gillars, who made wartime broadcasts for the Nazis under the name Axis Sally, was convicted of treason in Washington-- she served 12 years in prison

1959: Tennessee Williams's play, Sweet Bird of Youth, opened on Broadway

Born 1960: Lance Burton (magician)

Born 1964: Prince Edward (youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II)

Born 1966: Mike Timlin (baseball player)

1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and was sentenced to 99 years in prison

1970: U.S. Army Captain Ernest L. Medina was court-martialed on murder charges in connection with the My Lai incident of March 1968 (Vietnam War)

Born 1977: Shannon Miller (gymnast; Olympic gold medalist)

Born 1983: Carrie Underwood (singer)

Died 1985: Konstantin Chernenko (Soviet leader)

1987: The Vatican declared its opposition to test tube fertilization, embryo transfer, and most other forms of scientific interference in procreation

Born 1992: Emily Osment (actress)

Died 1998: Lloyd Bridges (actor)

2003: A previously healthy 25-year old man from Virginia became the first known fatality in the U.S. linked to raccoon rabies

Died 2005: Danny Joe Brown (musician)

Died 2010: Corey Haim (actor)