Alexander Graham Bell Mr. Watson Come Here!

March 10, 2012 by staff 

Alexander Graham Bell Mr. Watson Come Here!, March 10, 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.”

1496 Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.

1785 Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.

1848 The Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War.

1880 The Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England.

1906 About 1,100 miners in France were killed by a coal-dust explosion.

1933 A magnitude-6.4 earthquake centered off Long Beach, Calif., killed 120 people.

1949 Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, known as “Axis Sally,” was convicted in Washington of treason. (She served 12 years in prison.)

1969 James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tenn., to assassinating civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (Ray later repudiated that plea, maintaining his innocence until his death.)

1980 “Scarsdale Diet” author Dr. Herman Tarnower was shot to death at his home in Purchase, N.Y. (His ex-lover, Jean Harris, was convicted of murder; she served nearly 12 years in prison before being released in January 1993.)

1985 Konstantin Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union’s leader for just 13 months, died at age 73.

10 years ago Israeli helicopters destroyed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s office in Gaza City, hours after 11 Israelis were killed in a suicide bombing in a cafe across the street from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Jerusalem home.

Five years ago 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 in Baghdad.

One year ago The House Homeland Security Committee examined Muslim extremism in America during a hearing punctuated by tearful testimony and angry recriminations.

Thought for today “He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.” — Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

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