Return to home515BC Mar 10, The building of the
great Jewish temple in Jerusalem was completed.
241BC Mar 10, The Battle of
Aegusa in which the Roman fleet sank 50 Carthaginian ships occurred.
49BC Mar 10, Julius Caesar
crossed the Rubicon and invaded Italy. The event was noted by
Suetonius in the phrase: “The die is cast."
(SFEC,12/14/97, BR p.5)(HN, 3/10/98)
418 Mar 10, Jews were excluded
from public office in the Roman Empire.
1452 Mar 10, Ferdinand II, the
Catholic King of Aragon (1479-1516) and Sicily (1468-1516), was
born. He bankrolled Columbus and expelled Jews.
(WUD, 1994 p.524)(MC, 3/10/02)
1496 Mar 10, Christopher
Columbus concluded his 2nd visit to the Western Hemisphere as he
left Isabela, with 2 ships for Spain. He returned to Spain to ask
for more support for his colony on Hispaniola.
1503 Mar 10, Ferdinand I, Holy
Roman Emperor (1558-1564), was born. He was King of Bohemia and
Hungary from 1526-1564.
(HN, 3/10/01)(WUD, 1994 p.523)
1535 Mar 10, Bishop Tomas de
Berlanga discovered the Galapagos Islands.
1538 Mar 10, Thomas Howard
(d.1572), Duke of Norfolk, executed by Queen Elizabeth, was born.
(HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)
1585 Mar 10, Rembert Dodoens
(b.1517), Flemish physician and botanist, died. He is also known
under his Latinized name Rembertus Dodonaeus. His books included
“Stirpium historiae pemptades sex" (1583).
1628 Mar 10, Constantine
Huygens Jr., Dutch poet, painter, cartoonist, was born.
1629 Mar 10, England's King
Charles I dissolved Parliament and did not call it back for 11
1656 Mar 10, In the colony of
Virginia, suffrage was extended to all free men regardless of their
1734 Mar 10, Spanish army under
Don Carlos (III) drew into Naples.
1748 Mar 10, John Playfair,
clergyman, geologist, mathematician, was born in Scotland.
1762 Mar 10, Jean Calas, a
French protestant (Huguenot), was tortured and executed in Toulouse
on the charge that he had killed his son in 1761 to prevent him from
converting to Catholicism. Voltaire took up the case believing that
Catholic judges were biased. He wrote pamphlets and letters to
support his case and urged high-placed friends to place the case
before the Great Council of Louis XV. On March 9, 1765, Jean Calas
and his family were acquitted and the death of the son was ruled a
(ON, 4/06, p.10)(SFC, 3/9/07, p.E8)
1772 Mar 10, Friedrich Von
Schlegel (d.1829) was born. He was a German romantic poet and critic
whose books included "Philosophy of History" and "History of
Literature." "A historian is a prophet in reverse."
(AP, 5/25/97)(HN, 3/10/99)
1776 Mar 10, The expedition of
Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza arrived in Monterey, Ca.
Colonists were left in Monterey as a smaller party departed for the
(http://tinyurl.com/pltuw96)(SFC, 9/14/13, p.C4)
1785 Mar 10, Thomas Jefferson
was appointed minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.
(AP, 3/10/98)(HN, 3/10/98)
1791 Mar 10, John Stone of
Concord, Mass, patented a pile driver.
1791 Mar 10, Pope condemned
France's Civil Constitution of the clergy.
1792 Mar 10, John Stuart (78),
3rd earl of Bute, English premier (1760-63), died.
1793 Mar 10, In France, on a
proposal by Georges-Jacques Danton (1759-1794), the National
Convention decreed that there should be established in Paris an
extraordinary criminal tribunal. The news of the failure of the
French arms in Belgium had given rise in Paris to popular movements
on March 9 and 10, 1793. On Oct 20 the extraordinary criminal
tribunal received by decree the official name of the Revolutionary
1801 Mar 10, Britain conducted
its first census in order to find out how many men were available
1810 Mar 10, John McCloskey,
president of St. Johns College, was born.
1814 Mar 10, Napoleon Bonaparte
was defeated by a combined Allied Army at the battle of Laon, in
1832 Mar 10, Muzio Clementi
(79), Italian composer, died.
1844 Mar 10, Pablo Martin M de
Sarasate y Navascuez, composer (Spanish Dances), was born.
1845 Mar 10, Hallie Quinn
Brown, American educator, women's rights leader, was born.
1845 Mar 10, Alexander III,
Russian tsar, was born. [see Feb 26]
1848 Mar 10, The US Senate
ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war with
(AP, 3/10/98)(HN, 3/10/98)
1861 Mar 10, Taras Shevchenko
(b.1814), Ukraine poet and artist died. He was a member of the Sts
Cyril and Methodius Brotherhood and an academician of the Imperial
Academy of Arts.
1862 Mar 10, First U.S. paper
money was issued in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500
(HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)
1864 Mar 10, Ulysses S. Grant
became commander of the Union armies in the Civil War.
1864 Mar 10, Red River campaign
took place in LA. [see Mar 15]
1865 Mar 10, Battle of Monroe's
1866 Mar 10, Antonio Francesco
Gaetano S. Pacini (87), composer, died.
1872 Mar 10, Giuseppe Mazzini
(66), Italian revolutionary (Giovane, Italy), died.
1873 Mar 10, Jakob Wassermann
(d.1934), novelist (My Life as German & Jew), was born in
Germany. "In every person, even in such as appear most reckless,
there is an inherent desire to attain balance."
(AP, 3/25/97)(MC, 3/10/02)
1876 Mar 10, Alexander Graham
Bell made what was, in effect, the first telephone call. He
found a way of converting words into electrical current and back
again and sent his first message using his new variable-liquid
resistance transmitter. Bell's telephone caused the current to vary
smoothly in proportion to the pressure created on a microphone by
human speech and got a patent. His assistant, in an adjoining room
in Boston, heard Bell say over the experimental device: “Mr. Watson,
come here, I want to see you." On a page from his notebook, dated
March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell described the first successful
experiment with the telephone. Bell wrote: “I then shouted into M
(the mouthpiece) the following sentence: ‘Mr. Watson—come here—I
want to see you.’ To my delight he came and declared that he had
heard and understood what I said."
(I&I, Penzias, p.97)(CFA, '96, p.42)(SFEM,
1/11/98, p.12)(AP, 3/10/98)(HN, 3/10/98)(HNPD, 3/10/99)
1880 Mar 10, The Salvation Army
arrived in the United States from England. The organization had been
founded in Britain in 1865 by William Booth, a street preacher. It
drew on revivalism and attention-getting tactics. In 1980 Edward
McKinley authored "Marching To Glory," a definitive history of the
army. In 1999 Diane Winston published "Red-Hot and Righteous," a
history of the army's efforts in New York up to 1950.
(AP, 3/10/98)(WSJ, 8/12/99, p.A20)
1888 Mar 10, Barry Fitzgerald,
actor (Acad Award-Going My Way), was born in Dublin, Ireland.
1888 Mar 10, The 1st
performance of Cesar Franck's "Psyche."
1889 Mar 10, In Ethiopia
Emperor Yohannes was killed in a war against the dervishes during
the Battle of Gallabat (Matemma). With his dying breaths, Yohannes
declared his natural son, Dejazmach Mengesha Yohannes, as his heir.
On 25 March, upon hearing of the death of Yohannes, Negus Menelik
immediately proclaimed himself as Nəgusä Nägäst.
1892 Mar 10, Arthur Oscar
Honegger, composer (King David), was born in Le Havre, France.
1892 Mar 10, Eva Turner,
British soprano, was born.
1893 Mar 10, New Mexico State
University canceled its first graduation ceremony, because the only
graduate Sam Steele was robbed and killed the night before.
(HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)
1894 Mar 10, New York Gov.
Roswell P. Flower signed the nation's first dog-licensing law. The
license fee was $2, renewable annually for $1.
1896 Mar 10, Bob Fitzsimmons
KO’d much larger Jim Corbett to win world Heavy Weight championship
and said, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."
1902 Mar 10, The Boers scored
their last victory over the British, capturing British General
Methuen and 200 men.
1903 Mar 10, Leon Bismarck
"Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist and composer, was born. [see Mar
1903 Mar 10, Harry Gammeter of
Cleveland patented a multigraph duplicating machine.
1905 Mar 10, Japanese Army
captured Mukden, later Shenyang, China.
1906 Mar 10, 1st performance of
Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine."
1906 Mar 10, London Underground
opened Bakerloo line from Baker Street to Waterloo Line.
1906 Mar 10, A coal dust
explosion killed 1,060 at Courrieres, France.
1909 Mar 10, Kathryn McLean
(Forbes), author (Mama's Bank Account), was born.
1910 Mar 10, Slavery was
abolished in China.
1910 Mar 10, Carl Heinrich
Carsten Reinecke (85), composer, died.
1913 Mar 10, Harriet Tubman,
abolitionist, conductor on Underground RR, died in NY. In 2004
Catherine Clinton authored "Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom" and
Kate Clifford Larson authored "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet
Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero."
(MC, 3/10/02)(SSFC, 2/1/04, p.M1)(USAT, 2/5/04,
1914 Mar 10, Suffragettes in
London damaged painter Rokeby's Venus of Velasquez.
1912 Mar 10, In China Yuan
Shikai (b.1859) succeeded Sun Yat-Sen as President of the Republic
1916 Mar 10, US President
Woodrow Wilson ordered General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing to
pursue and capture Pancho Villa, following Villa’s raid in New
(SFC, 3/11/09, p.B2)
1916 Mar 10, James Herriot
(d.1995), Scottish writer and country veterinarian (All Creatures
Great and Small), was born as James Alfred Wight, in Sunderland,
England. [Other sources give his birthday as Oct 3.]
1918 Mar 10, Günther Rall,
German Luftwaffe ace in World War II, was born.
1923 Mar 10, Kenneth "Jethro"
Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), was born.
1924 Mar 10, The U.S. Supreme
Court upheld a New York state law forbidding late-night work for
1927 Mar 10, Albania mobilized
under the threat of Serbia, Croatia & Slovenes.
1927 Mar 10, Prussia (Bavaria)
lifted its Nazi ban, Hitler was allowed to speak in public.
(HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)
1928 Mar 10, James Earl Ray,
alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr, was born.
1930 Mar 10, Justinas
Marcinkevicius, Lithuanian poet, was born.
1930 Mar 10, Raymond Rasberry,
pianist, singer, was born.
1931 Mar 10, British Labour
party removed fascist Sir Oswald Mosley.
1933 Mar 10, Nevada became the
first U.S. state to regulate narcotics.
(HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)
1933 Mar 10, In Long Beach a
6.3-6.4 earthquake killed 115 people.
(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/21/00, p.A1)
1940 Mar 10, David Rabe,
playwright (Sticks and Bones, Hurlyburly), was born.
1940 Mar 10, 1st US opera was
telecast in NYC: "Pagliacci."
1940 Mar 10, Mikhail Bulgakov
(b.1891), Russian author, died in Moscow. His novel “The
Master and Margarita," which satirized life under Stalin, was
written between 1928 and the author’s death. It was not published
until 1966-67 in the Russian journal Moskva, with some 60 pages cut.
(Econ, 3/13/04, p.86)(WSJ, 1/3/09, p.W6)
1941 Mar 10, Vichy France
threatened to use its navy if Britain would not allow food to reach
1943 Mar 10, Hitler called
Rommel back from Tunisia in North Africa. The intercepted
communications of an American in Cairo provided a secret ear for the
1944 Mar 10, The Irish refused
to oust all Axis envoys and denied the accusation of spying on
1945 Mar 10, Patton's 3rd Army
made contact with Hodge's 1st Army.
1945 Mar 10, Germany blew up
the Wessel Bridge on the Rhine.
1945 Mar 10, Some 300 American
B-29s bombed Tokyo overnight with almost 2,000 tons of incendiaries
killing some 100,000 people.
(HN, 3/10/98)(Econ., 3/7/15, p.42)
1945 Mar 10, US troops landed
1945 Mar 10, In the Philippines
Pfc. Thomas Eugene Atkins (d. 1999 at 78) repulsed a Japanese attack
while wounded and killed 14 enemy soldiers in northern Luzon.
(SFC, 9/24/99, p.D6)
1947 Mar 10, The Big Four met
in Moscow to discuss Germany.
1948 Mar 10, Author Zelda
Fitzgerald died in a fire at Highland Hospital, NC. She was locked
in on the 3rd floor while undergoing insulin-induced coma therapy.
In 2001 Kendall Taylor authored "Sometimes Madness Is Wisdom: Zelda
and Scott Fitzgerald, a Marriage."
(HN, 3/10/01)(SSFC, 9/23/01, DB p.61)
1948 Mar 10, Jan Masaryk
(b.1886), son of the first president of Czechoslovakia and
anti-Communist foreign minister, was found dead in the courtyard of
Czernin Palace in Prague. He had dropped 45 feet from a window and
the case remained unsolved.
1948 Mar 10, Political and
military men gathered at the Tel Aviv headquarters of the Haganah
and put the final touches to Plan Dalet. In 2006 Prof. Ilan Pappe of
the Univ. of Haifa authored “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine." He
held that Plan Dalet was a plan for the ethnic cleansing of some
800,000 Palestinians in order to allow the formation of the Jewish
(Econ, 11/4/06, p.92)
1949 Mar 10, Nazi wartime
broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as "Axis Sally," was
convicted in Washington D.C. of treason. She served 12 years in
1951 Mar 10, FBI director J.
Edgar Hoover declined the post of baseball commissioner.
1952 Mar 10, General Fulgencio
Batista staged a coup in Cuba and overthrew the Socarras government.
1953 Mar 10, North Korean
gunners at Wonsan fired on the USS Missouri, the ship responds by
firing 998 rounds at the enemy position.
1953 Mar 10, Charles Gordon
Curtis (92), inventor (Curtis-steam turbine), died.
1954 Mar 10, Pres. Eisenhower
called Sen. Joseph McCarthy a peril to the Republican Party.
1956 Mar 10, A general strike
in Cyprus protested the exile of archbishop Makarios.
1957 Mar 10, Thousands of
soccer fans rioted in Italy.
1959 Mar 10, Tennessee
Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth," premiered in NYC.
1959 Mar 10, In Tibet an
uprising against Chinese occupation force took place in Lhasa. China
reacted harshly, arrested tens of thousands and held strict control
until the late 1970s. The Chinese forced the Dalai Lama, Tenzin
Gyatso, and many of his followers to flee to India. The Communists
destroyed 6,500 monasteries. About 250 monks of the Drepung Loseling
Monastery escaped to India and established a replica of their
(SFEC, 10/7/96, A12)(TMC, 1994, p.1959)(SFC,
10/10/96, p.E1)(WSJ, 9/4/97, p.A9)(MC, 3/10/02)
1962 Mar 10, The Phillies
baseball club left the Jack Tar Harrison Hotel due to its refusal to
admit black players, and moved to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles
outside Clearwater, Florida.
1965 Mar 10, Neil Simon's play
"The Odd Couple," starring Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art
Carney as Felix Unger, opened on Broadway.
1966 Mar 10, The North
Vietnamese captured a Green Beret camp at Ashau Valley.
1966 Mar 10, Kelso, 5 time
Horse of the Year, retired.
1968 Mar 10, Robert Kennedy
visited Delano, Ca., in his bid for the presidency. He joined Cesar
Chavez in a chapel where Chavez broke his fast on behalf of
organizing farm workers.
(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.18)
1968 Mar 10-1968 Mar 11, The
ultra secret facility Lima Site 85 in Phou Phathi, Laos, was manned
by USAF personnel and 11 were KIA or MIA as it was overran. The
event has been characterized as the largest single day ground loss
for the USAF.
1969 Mar 10, James Earl Ray
pleaded guilty to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis,
Tenn., and was sentenced to 99 years in jail. Ray later repudiated
(AP, 3/10/98)(HN, 3/10/98)
1971 Mar 10, The US Senate
approved an amendment to lower the voting age to 18. On June 30,
1971, the amendment received ratification by the 38 required states,
and became law.
1971 Mar 10, In France a group
of homosexuals of both sexes disrupted a live general public radio
show, devoted to “Homosexuality, that painful problem," and put the
newly-born gay movement on the French political map.
1975 Mar 10, "Rocky Horror
Show" opened at Belasco Theater in NYC for 45 performances.
1975 Mar 10, The North
Vietnamese Army attacked the South Vietnamese town of Ban Me Thout,
the offensive will end with victory in Vietnam.
1975 Mar 10, Dog spectacles
were patented in England.
1977 Mar 10, The rings of
Uranus were discovered.
1977 Mar 10, E. Power Biggs
(b.1906), English organist and composer (CBS), died in, Cambridge,
1978 Mar 10, Richard Hovey (26)
abducted Tina Salazar (8) in Hayward, Ca., as she walked home from
school. He left her by a roadside with fatal wounds later the same
day. She died 8 days later. In 2006 an appeals court overturned his
death sentence saying lawyers failed to inform a psychiatrist of his
history of mental illness.
(SFC, 8/12/06, p.B2)(http://tinyurl.com/384rtk)
1980 Mar 10, "Scarsdale Diet"
author Dr. Herman Tarnower was shot to death in Purchase, N.Y. Jean
Harris (56) shot and killed her unfaithful lover, cardiologist
Herman Tarnower, co-author of "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet"
in Purchase N.Y. She was granted clemency by Gov. Mario Cuomo after
she served 12 years of a 15 year sentence. Harris was released in
(SFC,10/27/97, p.A3)(AP, 3/10/00)
1980 Mar 10, Iran's leader,
Ayatollah Khomeini, lent his support to the militants holding the
American hostages in Tehran.
1982 Mar 10, Pres Reagan
proclaimed economic sanctions against Libya and banned Libyan oil
imports, because of the continued support of terrorism.
1983 Mar 10, Dorka Lisker (66)
was stabbed to death at her Sherman Oaks, Ca., home. Her son Bruce,
age 17 at the time of the murder, was convicted of her murder in
1985 and was sentenced to life in prison. Lisker confessed to the
murder in prison, but said he only did so in hopes of getting
parole. In 2009 he was freed on bail after a judge overturned his
conviction due to false evidence and sloppy defense work.
Prosecutors decided not to retry him.
(SFC, 8/14/09, p.D4)(SFC, 9/23/09, p.D5)
1985 Mar 10, Konstantin U.
Chernenko (b.1911), Soviet leader for just 13 months (1984-1985),
1987 Mar 10, Daniel Morgan
(37), a private detective, was murdered with an ax in his head
outside a London pub. At the time of his death, it is believed
Morgan was about to expose a south London drug network, possibly
involving corrupt police officers. In 2008 6 men wee arrested
for involvement in the killing of Morgan.
1987 Mar 10, Charles Haughey
(1925-2006), head of Fianna Fail, was elected Taoiseach of Ireland
for a 3rd term and held the position until 1992. Under his tenure
ministers took cash from property and construction interests.
(Econ, 10/16/04, Survey
1987 Mar 10, The Vatican
condemned surrogate parenting as well as test-tube and artificial
1988 Mar 10, New York
Congressman Jack Kemp dropped out of the race for the Republican
1988 Mar 10, Prior to the 50th
anniversary of the Anschluss, Austrian President Kurt Waldheim
apologized on his country's behalf for atrocities committed by
1988 Mar 10, Pop singer Andy
Gibb died in Oxford, England, at age 30 of heart inflammation.
1989 Mar 10, One day after the
Senate rejected the defense secretary nomination of John Tower,
President Bush announced he would nominate Wyoming Rep. Dick Cheney,
who was later confirmed.
1990 Mar 10, Haitian ruler Lt.
Gen. Prosper Avril resigned during a popular uprising against his
1991 Mar 10, Eight Arab
governments endorsed President Bush’s Middle East peace proposal
calling for Israel to relinquish territory, and reiterated their
desire for a peace conference.
1991 Mar 10, In Benin President
Kerekou was beaten by Nicephore Soglo (b.1934) in the first
multi-candidate presidential elections. A runoff on March 24 gave
Soglo 67.7% of the vote. Kerekou was granted immunity from
prosecution over actions taken since October 1972.
1991 Mar 10, Hundreds of
thousands of people demonstrated in Moscow, demanding that President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev resign.
1992 Mar 10, Democrat Bill
Clinton claimed front-runner status as he won a series of Southern
landslides on “Super Tuesday." President George H.W. Bush swept all
the Republican contests.
1993 Mar 10, Authorities
announced the arrest of Nidal Ayyad, a second suspect in the bombing
of the World Trade Center in New York City.
1993 Mar 10, Dr. David Gunn
(47) was shot to death outside a Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic by
Michael Griffin, who was convicted and sentenced to life.
(AP, 3/10/98)(SSFC, 1/19/03, p.A3)
1993 Mar 10, C. Northcote
Parkinson (b.1909), historian and sociologist, died in Canterbury,
England. He authored Parkinson's Law: "Work expands so as to fill
the time available for its completion."
1994 Mar 10, White House
officials began testifying before a federal grand jury about the
1994 Mar 10, Sara Kruzan
(b.1978) of Riverside, Ca., killed her alleged pimp after she was
forced into prostitution. She was convicted of 1st-degree murder and
sentenced to life in prison.
1995 Mar 10, The Labor
Department reported the nation's unemployment rate for February
dropped to 5.4 percent, down 0.003 from the month before.
1995 Mar 10, The Clinton
administration released $3 billion to support Mexico's faltering
economy. Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari fled to
the United States.
1995 Mar 10, Alexander
Hyatt-King (b.1911), Mozart scholar, died.
1996 Mar 10, Secretary of State
Warren Christopher, accusing China of “reckless" provocations
against Taiwan, said on NBC that US warships would move closer to
1996 Mar 10, Birdwatchers noted
the “act of raptor love" between two red-tailed hawks on the Hotel
Carlyle at 2:30 p.m. in New York City. It lasted a full five
(WSJ, 4/17/96, p.A-18)
1995 Mar 10, The book
"Blindside: Why Japan Is Still on Track to Overtake the US by the
year 2000," by Eamonn Fingleton, was published. He argued that the
Japanese economic slump was a ruse to lull rivals into complacency.
(WSJ, 1/11/00, p.A14)
1996 Mar 10, In Denmark Bandido
motorcycle gang leader Uffe Larson was shot to death in Copenhagen.
(SFEC, 8/11/96, p.A13)
1996 Mar 10, Hezbollah
guerrillas launched a wave of bomb and rocket attacks on Israeli
troops in south Lebanon.
1997 Mar 10, The TV series
“Buffy The Vampire Slayer" featured Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy.
The show continued to 2003.
(LSA, Spring, 2009,
1997 Mar 10, The White House
and the FBI clashed in a rare public quarrel after President Clinton
said he should have been alerted when the bureau told national
security officials that the Chinese government might be trying to
influence U.S. elections.
1997 Mar 10, LaVern Baker (67),
rhythm and blues singer, died. She had been discovered as a teenager
by Fletcher Henderson in Chicago singing as “Little Miss
Sharecropper." Her hits included “Tweedle Dee," “Go Jim Dandy" and
“See See Rider."
(SFC, 3/12/97, p.A9)
1997 Mar 10, In Ethiopia the
800-year-old cross of Lalibela was reported lost.
(SDUT, 6/6/97, p.E2)
1997 Mar 10, The first Laos
Int’l. Juggling Festival was held in Vientiane before a crowd of
40,000 as part of the annual That Luang Festival.
(WSJ, 3/11/97, p.A20)
1997 Mar 10, Mexico named a new
drug czar, lawyer Mariano Federico Herran Salvatti.
(SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)
1997 Mar 10, In Nepal King
Birendra named Lokendra Bahadur Chand as prime minister and gave him
30 days to form a majority in the 205-seat House of Representatives.
The Communists held 90 seats and backed Chand to form a coalition.
(SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)
1997 Mar 10, The Vatican
established diplomatic relations with Libya.
(SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)
1997 Mar 10, Vietnam agreed to
repay the US millions of dollars in debts incurred by the former
South Vietnam. The debts were currently worth $140 mil.
(SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)
1998 Mar 10, U.S. Air Force and
Navy personnel in the Persian Gulf received vaccinations against
anthrax. In 2004 a federal judge ordered a halt to anthrax
vaccinations and ruled that the FDA had violated its own rules by
approving the vaccine in 2003.
(AP, 3/10/99)(SFC, 10/28/04, p.A4)
1998 Mar 10, In Alabama a
teenager killed his parents with an ax and a sledgehammer. Jeffery
Franklin (17) also wounded 3 siblings and led police on a “wild car
chase" before being captured.
(SFC, 3/11/98, p.A3)
1998 Mar 10, In South Carolina
the FBI received a videotape made by Daniel Rudolph, brother of
abortion clinic bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph, in which he
amputated his left hand with a circular saw.
(SFC, 3/11/98, p.A3)
1998 Mar 10, Lloyd Bridges,
actor, died at 85 in Westwood, Calif. He played in over 100 movies
and starred in the 1957-1961 TV series Sea Hunt.
(SFC, 3/11/98, p.A4)(AP, 3/10/99)
1998 Mar 10, In India 6
Tibetans in New Delhi, aged 28-70, began a hunger strike to force
the UN to address Tibet’s dispute with China.
(SFC, 4/15/98, p.C2)
1998 Mar 10, In Indonesia Pres.
Suharto was re-elected by acclamation of the People’s Consultative
Assembly to his 7th 5-year term.
(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A8)
1998 Mar 10, In Kosovo Serbian
police seized the bodies of 51 ethnic Albanians, killed in a sweep
of separatists, and buried them into bulldozed over graves.
(SFC, 3/11/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 10, In Northern
Ireland guerrillas launched 2 mortar bombs at a police station in
(SFC, 3/9/98, p.A9)
1999 Mar 10, Pres. Clinton
visited Guatemala and acknowledged the U.S. role in Central
America's "dark and painful period" of civil wars and repression. He
apologized for US support of rightist regimes that ruled the country
for 3 decades.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/10/00)
1999 Mar 10, Physicist Ian
Barbour (75) won the $1.24 million Templeton Prize for Progress in
Religion. He promised to donate $1 million to the Center for
Theology and Natural Sciences in Berkeley.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A2)
1999 Mar 10, In Ecuador two
days of general strikes were scheduled.
(WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A14)
1999 Mar 10, In Iceland the
parliament passed a resolution to resume whale hunting within its
(SFC, 3/12/99, p.A15)
1999 Mar 10, In Indonesia
troops fired on rioting Christians and Muslims on Ambon and at least
7 people were killed.
(WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 10, In Mexico a power
failure at the Penitas hydroelectric plant cause a blackout across
the Yucatan for several hours.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 10, In Mozambique
officials reported 12 deaths due to flooding and some 200,000 people
stranded following 3 months of rain.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A11)
1999 Mar 10, In Palestine
security forces shot and killed 2 teenagers during protests in Gaza
after Raed al-Attar was sentenced to die for killing police captain
Rifat Joudah in Feb. Two others were sentenced to jail.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A12)
1999 Mar 10, In Serbia Pres.
Milosevic met with Richard Holbrooke and stood firm against NATO
troops in his country.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 10, In Sierra Leone
rebels rejected a cease fire plea by their jailed leader.
(WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 10, In Spain 9 Basque
separatists were arrested.
(WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 10, In Thailand
Michael Wansley (58), an auditor for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, was
shot to death on his way to the Kaset Thai sugar mill. The murder
was traced to Pradit Siriviriyakul, one of the brothers running the
(WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A9)
2000 Mar 10, It was reported
that a new meningitis vaccine was designed by scientists at Chiron
(WSJ, 3/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 10, Nasdaq reached a
record high at 5048.62.
(NW, 3/17/03, p.44)
2000 Mar 10, In Texas a medical
helicopter crashed and its 3-person crew were killed along with a
4-month-old baby near Dalhart. West of Longview on I-20 a 5 vehicle
crash in heavy rain left at least 2 people dead.
(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A6)
2000 Mar 10, Pope John Paul the
Second approved sainthood for Katharine Drexel (d.1955), a
Philadelphia socialite who had taken a vow of poverty and devoted
her fortune to helping poor blacks and American Indians. Drexel was
canonized the following October.
2000 Mar 10-2000 Mar 11, Public
sentencing rallies took place in the Aksu region of Xinjiang and 11
Muslim Uighur members of a terrorist group were executed. The
Uighurs of the region made up nearly half of Xinjiang’s 20 million
population and had been struggling against Chinese rule for several
(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A14)(WSJ, 3/20/00, p.A1)(Econ,
2000 Mar 10, In Pakistan
attorney Iqbal Raad and 2 others were killed by gunmen 3 days before
closing arguments in the hijacking trial of former Prime Minister
(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A8)
2000 Mar 10, In Romania some
20,000 tons of metal pollutants escaped into the Vaser River from
the state-owned Baia Borsa mine after a dam broke following heavy
rains and melting snow.
(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A9)
2000 Mar 10, In Sri Lanka a
bomber blew himself up and killed 19 others including 5 policemen.
64 people were injured as he missed a motorcade of Cabinet
ministers. 4 rebels committed suicide as troops closed in on them
following the botched assassination attempt.
(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A8)(WSJ, 3/13/00, p.A13)
2000 Mar 10, In Turkey former
prime minister Necmettin Erbakan was sentenced to one year in prison
for a 1994 speech in which he criticized the secular government for
drifting from its Islamic roots.
(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A8)
2000 cMar 10, In Zambia over
12,000 people lost their homes when the spillways of Kariba Dam in
southern Siavonga were opened to relieve pressure.
(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A6)
2001 Mar 10, President George
W. Bush told Americans in his Saturday radio address that he thought
support for tax relief was building, while opening the door to
considering a different sort of cut than he had proposed and
2001 Mar 10, In Canada the
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council of British Columbia signed a treaty
with the federal government.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.D2)
2001 Mar 10, In Colombia gunmen
pulled Sintramienergetica union local president Valmore Locarno and
his deputy, Victor Orcasita, off a bus and killed them. The US
Drummond Co. was later charged with paying paramilitaries for the
executions. In 2007 a civil trial before a federal jury opened in
2001 Mar 10, In Japan Prime
Minister Yoshiro Mori announced that he would resign next month.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.D1)
2002 Mar 10, Russell Crowe won
best actor honors at the Screen Actors Guild awards for "A Beautiful
Mind" while Halle Berry won best actress for "Monster's Ball."
2002 Mar 10, Irene Worth (85),
3-time Tony winning actress, died in New York.
(SFC, 3/12/02, p.A21)(AP, 3/10/07)
2002 Mar 10, In Colombia voters
maintained the Liberal Party as the largest force in the 268-member,
2-chamber legislature. Poling in 15 of the nation’s 1,097
municipalities was cancelled due to rebel interference.
(SFC, 3/11/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 10, In India religious
violence left 2 more dead in Panvad and Rajpipla, villages 60 and 95
miles away from Ahmadabad.
(SFC, 3/12/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 10, In the Republic of
Congo Pres. Dennis Sassou-Nguesso won elections with 89% of the
vote. Turnout was nearly 75%.
(SFC, 3/14/02, p.A8)
2002 Mar 10, In Zimbabwe the
high court ordered the government to extend voting to a 3rd day as
long lines continued following the deadline. In Harare police chased
away some 2.5-3 thousand people from a polling station following the
(SFC, 3/11/02, p.A7)(WSJ, 3/11/02, p.A1)
2003 Mar 10, Facing almost
certain defeat, the United States and Britain delayed a vote in the
U.N. Security Council to give Saddam Hussein an ultimatum to disarm.
2003 Mar 10, Natalie Maines,
lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, told a London audience: "Just so
you know ... we're ashamed the president of the United States is
2003 Mar 10, In NYC 2
undercover police officers were killed during an undercover gun buy
on Staten Island. 3 people were arrested the next day. Ronell Wilson
climbed into the back seat of an unmarked police car on the pretense
of selling an illegal gun. He shot officers Rodney Andrews and James
Nemorin in the head. In 2007 Wilson (24) was convicted and sentenced
to death. Wilson was one of seven people arrested in his case; the
other six pleaded guilty to various charges.
(SFC, 3/12/03, p.A6)(AP, 1/31/07)
2003 Mar 10, In
Brownsville, Texas, a woman and her common-law husband killed and
beheaded their 3 children, ages 3 years to 2 months.
(SFC, 3/13/03, p.A6)
2003 Mar 10, Carolyn Doty
(b.1941), novelist and prof. of English at U. of Kansas, died. Her 4
novels included "A Day Later" (1980). "She managed to peer into
corners of human behavior that others overlooked."
(SFC, 3/29/03, p.A12)
2003 Mar 10, The
European Union opened a new office in Cuba.
2003 Mar 10, Two
helicopters from Mexico's Attorney General's office were shot down
near Tlapa, Guerrero, in the nation's western mountains during an
anti-narcotics operation, killing all 5 officials on board.
2003 Mar 10, The
Palestinian parliament approved the new position of PM as part of
reforms sought by the US, Europe and Israel to curb Yasser Arafat’s
near absolute powers. Mahmoud Abbas became PM without control of the
security forces or peace talks. Abbas had a doctorate in history and
his books included "The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between
Nazism and the Zionist Movement."
(AP, 3/10/03)(WSJ, 3/11/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/13/03,
2003 Mar 10, In the
southern Philippines suspected Muslim separatist rebels seized a
bus, and two people were killed before the gunmen escaped.
2003 Mar 10, Russian
Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov warned the Kremlin would vote against
the US and British resolution that gives Saddam Hussein a March 17
deadline to disarm.
2003 Mar 10, In Sierra
Leone Foday Sankoh, a former rebel leader whose followers were known
for mutilating civilians, was indicted along with 6 others by Sierra
Leone’s war crimes tribunal. Sam Bockerie was among the indicted.
(AP, 3/11/03)(SFC, 5/7/03, p.A11)
2003 Mar 10, The Sri
Lankan navy exchanged fire with a Tamil Tiger boat off the northern
coast, sinking the rebel vessel and likely killing all 10 on board.
2004 Mar 10, Lee Boyd Malvo,
teenage sniper, was sentenced in Chesapeake, Va., to life in prison.
2004 Mar 10, Four major US
Internet service providers filed a series of lawsuits meant to
shutdown a number of leading spammers.
(SFC, 3/11/04, p.C1)
2004 Mar 10, The DJIA tumbled
for a 3rd session, down 160 to 10,296.
(SFC, 3/11/04, p.C1)
2004 Mar 10, Argentina and the
IMF signed an accord to release a $3.1 billion loan. Meetings with
creditors were scheduled to re-schedule $82 billion in loans that
the government defaulted on in 2002. Bondholders were being offered
25 cents on the dollar.
(WSJ, 3/11/04, p.A14)
2004 Mar 10, Brazil's
government said the army burned all documents about the suppression
of a 1970s insurgency against the military dictatorship. The papers
were destroyed in the 1970s and 1980s in accordance with laws in
force at the time.
2004 Mar 10, France's
government worked to calm a revolt by scientists angry over funding
cuts, even as trade unions called for more protests.
2004 Mar 10, U.S. Marines shot
and killed at least two Haitians in overnight gun battles.
2004 Mar 10, India's cricketers
arrived for their first full tour of Pakistan in 14 years.
2004 Mar 10, In Israel 2 bills
supporting civil marriage were voted down in the parliament.
Thousands of Israel's rabbis have gone on strike, scaling back
wedding and funeral services, to protest the government's
withholding of salaries. The government has not paid salaries to
3,000 rabbis and employees of municipal rabbinates and religious
councils for more than half a year.
2004 Mar 10, Thai PM Thaksin
Shinawatra replaced his finance, interior and defense ministers in a
Cabinet reshuffle as the government faces a Muslim insurgency in the
south, a volatile stock market and a public outcry over a
2004 Mar 10, In Turkey 2
suicide attackers stormed a Masonic lodge in Istanbul opening fire
with automatic weapons and setting off explosions that killed one
person and wounded five.
2005 Mar 10, The US EPA
approved new limits on power plant emissions in the Eastern US. The
EPA issued its Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) to reduce air
pollution. Courts left its provisions intact but ordered the
EPA to come up with a better rule. The new Cross-State Air Pollution
rule (CSAPR) was due to go into effect Jan 1, 2012, but faced heavy
state and industrial opposition.
(WSJ, 3/11/05, p.A1)(Econ, 10/15/11,
2005 Mar 10, The US Dept. of
Transportation authorized $150.3 million for the construction of a
$270 million tunnel to bypass Devil’s Slide on Highway 1 between
Pacifica and Montara. The cost increased to $439 million on
completion in 2013.
(SFC, 3/11/05, p.A1)(SFC, 2/14/13, p.D1)
2005 Mar 10, It was reported
that a Texas ranch has implemented a computer-assisted remote
hunting website allowing paying hunters to bag big game from their
(SFC, 3/10/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 10, Tens of thousands
of French workers marched on Paris and strikes crippled public
transport, embarrassing the government as Olympic officials visited
to assess the city's bid to host the 2012 Games.
2005 Mar 10, Georgia lawmakers
voted unanimously for Russia to withdraw troops from soviet-era
bases by Jan 1.
(WSJ, 3/11/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 10, Hong Kong's leader
said he tendered his resignation because of failing health and
repeatedly denied speculation China pushed him out in a bid to
tighten its grip on the former British colony.
2005 Mar 10, Iran’s Pres.
Khatami began a 3-day visit to Venezuela and planned to strengthen
political and economic ties with Pres. Chavez.
(WSJ, 3/10/05, p.A15)
2005 Mar 10, Iraq's main Shiite
party and a Kurdish bloc reached a deal that sets the stage for a
new government to be formed when the National Assembly convenes next
2005 Mar 10, In Baghdad, Iraq,
gunmen killed 2 district police chiefs and 2 others Iraqis. A
suicide attacker in Mosul set off a bomb that tore through a funeral
tent jammed with Shiite mourners. The attack killed 47 and wounded
more than 100.
2005 Mar 10, Israeli troops
killed an Islamic Jihad Palestinian militant in a raid on a village
near the West Bank town of Jenin.
2005 Mar 10, Kyrgyzstan
opposition parties united around former PM Kurmanbek, who will
coordinate national protests sparked by the 1st round of elections.
(WSJ, 3/11/05, p.A9)
2005 Mar 10, Lebanon's
president, emboldened by a massive pro-Syria demonstration,
reinstated Omar Karami as PM, 10 days after the Damascus-backed
leader stepped down.
2005 Mar 10, Pakistan's
information minister acknowledged that Abdul Qadeer Khan, a rogue
scientist at the heart of an international nuclear black market
investigation, gave centrifuges to Iran, but insisted the government
had nothing to do with the transfer.
2005 Mar 10, At least 15
Russian servicemen were killed and 12 others were injured when a
federal helicopter crashed in Chechnya.
2005 Mar 10, In Kigali, Rwanda,
a nine-judge community court handed down its first conviction of a
Rwandan accused of killings in the 1994 genocide, as authorities set
in motion a system of trials designed to speed the task of deciding
the guilt or innocence of the 63,000 people accused of taking part
in the government-orchestrated slaughter.
2005 Mar 10, The UN panel
overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of
Kuwait approved new awards worth $265 million, mostly to families of
people who died in Iraqi detention.
2006 Mar 10, The US Treasury
said February’s deficit of $119.2 billion set a one-month record. It
cited early tax filing, hurricane aid and Medicare drug costs.
(SFC, 3/11/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 10, Bill Campbell
(52), former mayor if Atlanta, Georgia (1994-2002), was convicted of
tax evasion, but acquitted for corruption charges. In June he was
sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison and fined $6,300.
2006 Mar 10, Ohio State,
acknowledging eight of nine violations alleged by the NCAA, was
placed on three years' probation.
2006 Mar 10, Hoisting American
flags into the air, tens of thousands of immigrants, mostly Latino,
from the Chicago area marched downtown in a display of support for
immigrant rights as a bill to stiffen border enforcement awaits
action in the U.S. Senate.
2006 Mar 10, In Alaska another
oil leak was detected on a 2nd North Slope transmission pipeline.
This followed the recently plugged leak discovered on Mar 2.
(SFC, 3/11/06, p.A4)
2006 Mar 10, A NASA spacecraft,
the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, slipped into orbit around the Red
2006 Mar 10, Opera singer Anna
Moffo died in New York at age 73.
2006 Mar 10, The African Union
decided to extend its peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region
for six months to give itself time to negotiate a peace agreement,
but it promised to transfer control to the United Nations once that
2006 Mar 10, In Bahrain riot
police clashed with demonstrators burning tires and garbage at a
suburban shopping center in Manama, and at least 11 people were
wounded. The demonstration began as a peaceful protest by about 175
people who were demanding the release of 20 supporters of a cleric
who have been detained since Dec 24. The government did not want
demonstrations while the tiny island state hosted thousands of
foreigners who had come for the Formula 1 Grand Prix on Mar 12.
2006 Mar 10, Belarus told a
group of EU legislators who were planning to monitor the upcoming
presidential vote to stay home, labeling them troublemakers.
(WSJ, 3/11/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 10, Cuba said it will
open embassies in four more Caribbean countries, a move that will
give it a diplomatic presence in all 15 Caribbean Community nations.
2006 Mar 10, Tamer Yusri
Yassin, who worked in Qatar and is considered the founder of a group
of 14 people involved in terrorist attacks, was allegedly extradited
to Egypt from Qatar. The next day Qatar denied that Yassin was
extradited. Yassin was one of 14 people referred for trial by the
public prosecutor this week for involvement in two Cairo bombings on
April 7 and April 30, 2005.
(AFP, 3/11/06)(Reuters, 3/11/06)
2006 Mar 10, Legal experts from
Ethiopia and Eritrea flew to London for talks with international
mediators to discuss demarcating their common border.
2006 Mar 10, The EU threatened
legal action against member states that create biotech-free growing
zones in their countries, warning that doing so would violate EU
2006 Mar 10, The EU threatened
to cut off aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian government "unless it
seeks peace by peaceful means," its strongest signal to the new
2006 Mar 10, The EU and the US
signed a new wine deal that allows the US to export wines made using
practices many European vintners shun. The bilateral accord resolved
most elements of a 2-decade-long dispute over wine making methods
(SFC, 3/11/06, p.C1)(WSJ, 3/11/06, p.A4)
2006 Mar 10, An Indonesian
health ministry official said Bird flu has killed its 22nd human
victim there, a 12-year-old girl, according to tests by the WHO's
Hong Kong laboratory.
2006 Mar 10, President Jalal
Talabani issued a decree ordering Iraq's new parliament to hold its
first session March 19. Bombings and shootings killed at least 17
people. A suicide truck bomb ripped through a line of vehicles
waiting at a checkpoint in Fallujah, killing at least 7 civilians.
2006 Mar 10, Acting PM Ehud
Olmert presented a sweeping vision for Israel's future in published
interviews, saying he will dismantle most West Bank settlements,
fortify remaining settlement blocs and set the nation's borders by
2006 Mar 10, Prosecutors in
Milan said they have requested that Italian Premier Silvio
Berlusconi be indicted on corruption charges.
2006 Mar 10, Japan, the second
largest contributor to the UN, called for minimum dues for permanent
members of the Security Council, forcing China and Russia to pay
more or lose their seats.
2006 Mar 10, Kosovo's
parliament elected Agim Ceku (45), a former ethnic Albanian
guerrilla commander, as the new PM. Ceku said that anything short of
independence from Serbia was "out of the question," but emphasized
after his election that respect for the province's Serb minority
would be a priority for his government.
2006 Mar 10, An anchorman for a
Mexican radio station was shot to death by gunmen waiting for him in
the bushes in front of his house in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.
2006 Mar 10, A Netherlands
court convicted 9 Muslims of belonging to a terrorist group because
they incited hatred for non-Muslims. Among the defendants was
Mohammed Bouyeri, the convicted killer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
2006 Mar 10, In southwestern
Pakistan a crowded bus carrying a wedding party hit an anti-tank
mine in Baluchistan province, killing 28 people, mostly women and
2006 Mar 10, Pakistani soldiers
backed by helicopter gunships attacked a suspected militant hideout
near Miran Shah, the volatile tribal region near the Afghan border,
and killed about 30 militants.
2006 Mar 10, In Russia a bomb
exploded outside a government office in the southern city of
Makhachkala, killing a top-ranking police official.
2007 Mar 10, President Bush in
Uruguay said the FBI has addressed the problems that led to illegal
prying into personal information on people in the US, but "there's
more work to be done." Bush with President Tabare Vazquez who said
he wanted to expand trade with the United States and increase
scientific, technical and cultural exchanges. Bush also asked
Congress for $3.2 billion to pay for 8,200 more U.S. troops needed
in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of the 21,500-troop buildup he had
announced in January 2007.
(AP, 3/10/07)(AP, 3/10/08)
2007 Mar 10, Some 22,000
evangelical teenagers attended the BattleCry rally at AT&T Park
in SF, where organizer Ron Luce (45) urged they become stalkers of
god. Together with his wife Katie, Luce founded the Texas-based Teen
Mania Ministries in 1986 in his van.
2007 Mar 10, In Texas Valerie
Lopez (19), the mother of two young children whose decomposing
bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags beneath a house this week,
was arrested and charged with capital murder.
2007 Mar 10, Richard Jeni (49),
a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds, was a regular on
the "Tonight Show" and appeared in movies, died of a gunshot wound
in an apparent suicide in West Hollywood.
2007 Mar 10, Afghanistan's
lower house of parliament voted into law a revised resolution
calling for an amnesty for groups suspected of perpetrating war
crimes during a quarter century of fighting, but also recognizing
the rights of victims to seek justice. A top Taliban commander
issued a chilling threat, promising to kill a kidnapped Italian
journalist unless the movement's arrested spokesmen were freed and a
date was set for the withdrawal of Italian troops from Afghanistan.
In southern Afghanistan clashes between Afghan police and Taliban
militants killed eight officers and two Taliban. In Zabul Taliban
militants attacked police on the main highway between Kabul and
Kandahar. A ½ hour gunfight left 2 Taliban dead and 4 wounded.
(AP, 3/10/07)(AFP, 3/10/07)(AP, 3/11/07)
2007 Mar 10, In a Web statement
Islamic militants threatened to attack Germany and Austria unless
the two European nations break ranks with the US and withdraw their
personnel from Afghanistan. A separate, previously unknown Iraqi
insurgent group released a video on the Web threatening to kill a
German woman and her son kidnapped in Iraq unless Germany withdrew
its troops from Afghanistan within 10 days.
2007 Mar 10, A flash flood
killed six people in southern Algeria when torrential rains caused
wadis to overflow, while high winds brought down trees and walls.
2007 Mar 10, In Colombia the US
Embassy confirmed that American and Colombian soldiers had conducted
a joint operation in the southern stronghold of leftist rebels who
are holding three US military contractors, captured in Feb, 2004.
2007 Mar 10, In Iraq US and
Iranian envoys traded harsh words and blamed each other for the
country's crisis at a one-day international conference that some
hoped would help end their 27-year diplomatic freeze. 69 delegates
represented 13 countries and consented to form committees to address
Iraq’s problems. A suicide blast at a checkpoint in Sadr City killed
20 people, including at least six Iraqi soldiers as international
envoys met in the Iraqi capital to talk about stabilizing the
violence-shattered country. Iraq's prime minister appealed for
international help to sever networks aiding extremists and warned
envoys from neighbors and world powers that Iraq's growing sectarian
bloodshed could spill across the Middle East. US and Iraqi forces
captured three suspected members of a bomb-making cell north in
Tarmiyah north of Baghdad.
(AP, 3/10/07)(AP, 3/11/07)(SSFC, 3/11/07, p.A15)
2007 Mar 10, An Iraqi insurgent
group threatened to kill a German woman and her son kidnapped in
Iraq unless Germany withdrew its troops from Afghanistan within 10
days, according to a video posted by the group.
2007 Mar 10, In Italy thousands
of supporters of legislation that would grant legal rights to
unmarried couples including gays rallied in Rome to urge lawmakers
to resist Vatican pressure against the measure.
2007 Mar 10, In northern Mexico
8 people were killed and 11 were injured when a bus slammed into a
tractor trailer carrying aluminum beams.
2007 Mar 10, Pakistani security
forces killed three suspected Islamist militants in a clash in the
North Waziristan region on the Afghan border.
2007 Mar 10, The Hamas-run
Education Ministry rescinded its decision to pull an anthology of
Palestinian folk tales from school libraries and destroy copies,
reportedly over mild sexual innuendo, following a widespread public
2007 Mar 10, Serbia called on
the United Nations to reject a Western-backed proposal for the
independence of Kosovo as Serbs and Albanians ended a year of talks
in Austria on the fate of the breakaway province.
2007 Mar 10, The South African
government took possession of the first farm to be expropriated, in
a move designed to silence criticism it is dragging its feet over
land reform. Local people had been forced off Pniel Farm near
Kimberley and into a shantytown in 1967.
2007 Mar 10, In South Korea
riot police used a water cannon to break up a noisy but peaceful
street protest in downtown Seoul against a proposed free trade
agreement between South Korea and the United States.
2007 Mar 10, The number of
refugees in eastern Sri Lanka climbed past 100,000 after heavy
fighting in rebel-held parts of the island forced thousands of
civilians to flee their homes in recent days.
2007 Mar 10, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez visited flood-ravaged Bolivia to show off the
fact that his country has pledged 10 times more aid than the Bush
administration. But local leaders gave him a cool reception,
accusing him of meddling in Bolivian politics.
2008 Mar 10, New York Gov.
Eliot Spitzer admitted to his role in a prostitution scandal. He
faced mounting calls to resign. The governor first came under
suspicion because of cash payments from several bank accounts to an
account operated by a call-girl ring.
2008 Mar 10, An Associated
Press investigation showed that a vast array of pharmaceuticals,
including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex
hormones, have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least
41 million Americans.
2008 Mar 10, Crude oil futures
moved to another all-time high as April delivery for light, sweet
crude rose to $107.90 per barrel.
(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.C7)
2008 Mar 10, Highway and
utility crews cleared major highways in time for morning commuters
following the weekend snowstorm that buried parts of Ohio in as much
as 20 inches of snow. The storm battered a wide band from the lower
Mississippi Valley to New England.
2008 Mar 10, In Afghanistan 10
militants and two officers were killed when police clashed with
Taliban fighters in the southern Uruzgan province. In southern
Afghanistan two women and two children were caught in the line of
fire and killed during a clash between NATO troops and insurgents.
(AP, 3/11/08)(AP, 3/12/08)
2008 Mar 10, African Union
troops arrived in the Comoros before launching a military offensive
against the island of Anjouan and its rebellious leader.
2008 Mar 10, Canada’s
government said hunters will be allowed to kill 275,000 young harp
seals on the ice floes off eastern Canada this year, a number that
animal rights activists said was totally unsustainable.
2008 Mar 10, Leaders of the
Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) converged on
Kinshasa for a summit focusing on the situation in Chad in the wake
of a failed rebel assault.
2008 Mar 10, China said it will
keep family-planning limits to one child per couple for at least
(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 10, Guatemala's first
trial on "forced disappearance" charges began in connection with six
civilians who went missing during the nation's 36-year civil war.
2008 Mar 10, A female suicide
bomber in the predominantly Sunni town of Kanaan, 13 miles east of
Baqouba. killed the head of a local group of Sunni fighters in who
had turned against al-Qaida insurgents. A suicide bomber killed five
American soldiers on a foot patrol after detonating his explosives
vest in central Baghdad. Another 3 American soldiers and their
interpreter were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Diyala
(AP, 3/10/08)(AP, 3/11/08)
2008 Mar 10, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert has instructed the army to halt airstrikes and raids into the
Gaza Strip in response to a recent drop in rocket fire from the
2008 Mar 10, In Malaysia PM
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn in for a new 5-year term despite
calls for his resignation. Malaysian stocks fell over 10% and
triggered for the first time a limit-down rule established after the
1997-1998 Asian financial crises.
(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.C7)
2008 Mar 10, In Mexico a
researcher said satellite photographs show illegal loggers have
clear-cut large swathes of trees in the heart of a monarch butterfly
reserve, threatening the insects' habitat. The images show illegal
loggers chopped 1,100 acres of trees since 2004 in the core of a
wooded park in Michoacan state.
2008 Mar 10, In central Mexico
a sports utility vehicle fell into a canal, killing nine small
children but leaving their teacher unharmed.
2008 Mar 10, Tropical cyclone
Jokwe battered parts of Mozambique for a third day. At least 16
people were killed with thousands of homes destroyed in northern
(Reuters, 3/10/08)(AFP, 3/11/08)
2008 Mar 10, A Manila court
acquitted the flamboyant widow of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos of
32 counts of illegally transferring wealth abroad during her
husband's 20-year rule.
2008 Mar 10, The coalition
government of Serbian PM Vojislav Kostunica was formally dissolved,
opening the way for an early parliamentary election.
2008 Mar 10, Sri Lankans
trickled to the polls in the turbulent eastern city of Batticaloa to
vote in the first municipal elections since government forces seized
control of the east last year from ethnic Tamil rebels. The Karuna
Group, a pro-government militia composed of former Tamil Tiger
rebels, won the election despite allegations that it used child
soldiers, extorted businessmen and carried out killings.
(AP, 3/10/08)(AP, 3/11/08)
2008 Mar 10, Hundreds of
Tibetan exiles began a six-month march from India to Tibet to
protest Beijing's hold on the Himalayan region and China's hosting
of the Olympic Games. Indian police barred the Tibetan exiles from
(AP, 3/10/08)(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 10, A top Vatican
official listed drugs, pollution, genetic manipulation and social
and economic injustice as new sins.
(AP, 3/11/08)(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 10, Vietnam’s central
bank widened the band in which it allows the Vietnamese dong to rise
or fall against the dollar from .75% to 1%. The bank said it plans
to expand the band to 2% in an effort to unshackle its economy from
the sliding dollar.
(WSJ, 3/19/08, p.A8)
2009 Mar 10, In Alabama Michael
McLendon (28) set off on a rampage of 10 slayings across two rural
counties and then killed himself.
(AP, 3/11/09)(SFC, 3/12/09, p.A6)
2009 Mar 10, The IMF warned
that the world economy will likely contract this year in a "Great
Recession" and African leaders said the financial crisis could undo
hard-won social-economic gains.
2009 Mar 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb ripped through a minibus, killing four civilians and
wounding six other people in Helmand province. Gunmen in Kandahar
killed Jawed Ahmad (23), an Afghan journalist once held by the US
military in Afghanistan as an enemy combatant.
(AFP, 3/10/09)(AP, 3/11/09)(SFC, 3/11/09, p.A3)
2009 Mar 10, In Algeria border
guards seized 3.5 tons of cannabis in a desert region close to the
frontier with Morocco.
2009 Mar 10, In Egypt rival
Palestinian factions opened talks aimed at coming up with a
power-sharing agreement, hearing a call to forget their contentious
and sometimes bloody past.
2009 Mar 10, Germany's navy
handed over nine suspected Somali pirates to Kenyan authorities and
they will be taken to a court to face charges. The nine were
arrested March 3 after they attacked the Hamburg-based MV Courier
2009 Mar 10, In northern
Honduras a plane from Venezuela that was carrying more than 2 tons
of cocaine crashed, killing the pilot. 2 US Drug Enforcement
Administration helicopters were allegedly pursuing the aircraft when
it went down near El Negrito town.
2009 Mar 10, In Iraq a suicide
bomber struck Sunni and Shiite tribal leaders touring a market after
a reconciliation meeting west of Baghdad, killing 33 people. A US
Marine died in an incident that did not involve combat.
2009 Mar 10, Two cargo ships
collided off the coast of a central Japanese island, leaving 16
South Korean and Indonesian crew members missing.
2009 Mar 10, In Kenya youths
threw stones at police officers and looted stores and cars following
a march by about 1,000 university students through the Nairobi to
protest the deaths of a fellow student and two activists.
2009 Mar 10, Libya released
Jamal al-Haji and Faraj Humaid. They had been sentenced to prison in
2007 for planning a peaceful demonstration to commemorate protesters
who had died in clashes with police.
(SFC, 3/11/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 10, Malaysia’s
government unveiled a 60 billion ringgit ($16.26 billion) economic
stimulus plan amounting to 9% of GDP.
(WSJ, 3/11/09, p.A16)
2009 Mar 10, In western Mexico
5 human heads were found inside coolers along a highway. Authorities
were still searching for the bodies.
2009 Mar 10, Police in Northern
Ireland arrested 2 suspects in the fatal shooting of Constable
Stephen Paul Carroll. On March 24 one of the suspects, a Northern
Ireland teenager (17), was charged with the dissident IRA killing of
Carroll. The teen had an assault rifle and 26 rounds of ammunition
and refused to say a word to his interrogators during 13 days of
questioning. On March 25 Brendan McConville (37), a former Sinn Fein
councilman was arraigned on charges of murdering Carroll.
(WSJ, 3/11/09, p.A16)(AP, 3/24/09)(AP, 3/25/09)
2009 Mar 10, Pakistani security
forces claimed to have killed 35 militants in fresh fighting in the
northwest, on the Afghanistan border. Gunmen torched a truck in
Baluchistan province carrying supplies for NATO forces in
neighboring Afghanistan, leaving its driver and a helper wounded.
(AP, 3/10/09)(AFP, 3/10/09)
2009 Mar 10, The Philippine
president signed a law affirming sovereignty over islands also
claimed by China and Vietnam, sparking protests over the control of
strategic South China Sea islands. The Chinese Embassy issued a
statement expressing its "strong opposition and solemn protest" over
the signing of the law.
2009 Mar 10, In Saudi Arabia a
huge sandstorm blanketed the city of Riyadh with a thick layer of
2009 Mar 10, Spanish police
said they have arrested an Ecuadorian woman who tried to smuggle
into Barcelona liquid cocaine hidden in spray cans of products to
starch clothes or clean glass.
2009 Mar 10, In southern Sri
Lanka a rebel suicide bomber attacked a procession of Muslims
celebrating a religious holiday, killing 15 people and critically
wounding Postal Services Minister Mahinda Wijesekera (66).
(AP, 3/10/09)(AFP, 3/11/09)
2009 Mar 10, Syria opened its
first stock exchange, closed since the 1960s, as it shifted from
socialist policies toward a more market oriented system.
(SFC, 3/11/09, p.A2)(Econ, 11/28/09, p.50)
2009 Mar 10, Tibetans and their
supporters rallied across the Asia-Pacific region demanding an end
to Chinese rule in their homeland on the 50th anniversary of the
Dalai Lama being forced into exile. Paramilitary police and soldiers
swarmed cities and villages in Tibet and restive western China, on
the alert for possible unrest. The Dalai Lama said Tibet had become
"hell on earth" under Beijing's control.
2009 Mar 10, Turkey indicted 56
more people on charges of plotting to topple the Islamic-rooted AK
Party government. The 56 suspects, including 2 retired four-star
generals, were formally indicted on March 25.
(WSJ, 3/11/09, p.A11)(WSJ, 3/26/09, p.A8)
2009 Mar 10, Venezuela's
National Guard destroyed an elaborate network of clandestine
cocaine-processing laboratories along the country's border with
Colombia as part of its anti-drug efforts.
2010 Mar 10, Pres. Obama met
with Haiti’s Pres. Rene Preval and assured him that the US was
committed to Haiti’s recovery and reconstruction following the
devastating January 12 earthquake.
(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 10, The Kansas City,
Mo., school board narrowly approved a plan to close nearly half the
district’s schools in a desperate attempt to avoid a potential
bankruptcy. 29 schools were closed.
(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A6)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.33)
2010 Mar 10, Virginia’s general
assembly became the first state legislature to ban mandatory health
insurance. Idaho followed suit a week later. Some 35 other states
planned similar measures.
(Econ, 3/20/10, p.34)
2010 Mar 10, Corey Haim
(b.1971), a Canada-born 1980s teen heartthrob for his roles in the
vampire films "Lucas" (1986) and "The Lost Boys" (1987) died in Los
Angeles. His career was blighted by drug abuse.
2010 Mar 10, In Afghanistan a
rocket attack killed an Afghan soldier at a security post in Paktika
province. In southern Helmand province 3 men were killed by a bomb
blast in Marjah.
2010 Mar 10, In Algeria almost
200 striking doctors, dentists and pharmacists demonstrated near the
presidential palace to press their pay demands. The health
professionals have been on strike since the end of December.
2010 Mar 10, In London
self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky won his libel case
against RTR, a Kremlin-owned broadcaster, that aired allegations he
masterminded the 2006 murder in London of former KGB renegade agent
Alexander Litvinenko. RTR, which did not take part in the hearings,
called the judgment illegal.
2010 Mar 10, Cambodia said it
will preserve 14 sites at the last bastion of the murderous Khmer
Rouge, including the home of their leader Pol Pot, as tourist
2010 Mar 10, A UN official said
90 Rwandan rebels have been killed in eastern Congo during a
two-week Congolese army operation conducted with the support of UN
2010 Mar 10, Top Egyptian
cleric Sheik Mohammed Sayed Tantawi (81), whose views often drew
criticism from religious conservatives and secular Muslims, died of
a heart attack during a visit to Saudi Arabia. Tantawi angered
radicals by supporting organ transplants, denouncing female
circumcision and ruling that women should be appointed to senior
judicial and administrative positions in government. At the same
time, he shocked many Muslims in 2004 by siding with France in its
steps to ban the hijab head covering from state schools.
2010 Mar 10, In Germany the
world's largest tourism fair, the ITB, kicked off in Berlin with the
global travel industry hoping for better times following a
2010 Mar 10, In Haiti
kidnappers freed two female European aid workers, one from the Czech
Republic and the other Belgium, snatched off the streets of the
capital and held for five days.
2010 Mar 10, Hungarian
President Laszlo Solyom signed a law making Holocaust denial
punishable by three years in prison.
2010 Mar 10, Iran hanged two
convicted drug traffickers in the Shiite shrine city of Qom. Another
man, convicted of drug trafficking, was hanged in the city of Ahvaz.
The latest hangings bring to at least 30 the number of people
executed in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP count based
on news reports.
(AFP, 3/11/10)(AFP, 3/12/10)
2010 Mar 10, Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Maliki underwent surgery. He was released from the hospital the
next day in good health. US troops opened fire on a car in western
Baghdad, killing Iraqi journalist Aseel al-Obeidi and her husband.
(AP, 3/11/10)(AP, 3/11/10)
2010 Mar 10, In Italy allies of
Premier Berlusconi pushed a controversial measure through parliament
that shields the premier from prosecution in 2 ongoing trials.
(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 10, National police in
Rome said 20 warrants have been issued so far in Palermo and six
arrests have been made in the United States. Police say the
crackdown targeted a Palermo-based Mafia crime family, and those
named in the warrants are suspected of being mobsters and running
extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking operations.
2010 Mar 10, Madagascar was hit
by Tropical Storm Hubert. Disaster officials soon reported at least
10 people dead.
2010 Mar 10, Carlos Slim,
Mexican telecom tycoon, jumped past Microsoft founder Bill Gates and
investor Warren Buffett when Forbes magazine released its 2010 list
of the world's wealthiest.
2010 Mar 10, The Moroccan
government expelled 20 foreign Christian missionaries after
religious authorities accused them of proselytism. The expelled
missionaries included couples from Britain and The Netherlands who
had adopted Moroccan children.
2010 Mar 10, In Nigeria some
5,000 activists staged a march in Abuja to demand the sacking of the
cabinet and a public appearance by ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua,
two weeks after he returned to the country. 2 people were killed
overnight by soldiers in Jos enforcing a curfew days after attacks
on three nearby Christian villages. Plateau state police
commissioner Ikechukwu Aduba gave a breakdown of the list of people
killed, saying the toll was 109. Aduba also revealed that 49 people
were to be charged over the killings, saying they had already
confessed to being on a revenge mission.
(AP, 3/10/10)(AFP, 3/10/10)
2010 Mar 10, In Pakistan
suspected Islamist militants stormed the World Vision office, a
US-based Christian aid agency, in Oghi village in Mansehra district
killing six Pakistani aid workers after singling them out and then
blowing up the building.
2010 Mar 10, US Vice President
Joe Biden met Palestinian leaders, telling them Israel's decision to
expand settlement activity in east Jerusalem is undermining the
peace efforts he is promoting.
2010 Mar 10, Qatar's PM Sheikh
Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani said Arab states will respond to Israel's
recent decision to expand an east Jerusalem settlement.
2010 Mar 10, Rwanda told Carina
Tertsakian, a Human Rights Watch researcher, that her work permit
had been revoked. On April 23, she was given 24 hours to leave the
2010 Mar 10, A UN Security
Council report said up to half the food aid in Somalia is being
diverted to corrupt contractors, radical Islamic militants and local
(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 10, At least three
Swedish newspapers published a cartoon depicting the Prophet
Muhammad with the body of a dog after an alleged plot to murder
Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who created it, was uncovered in Ireland.
Irish police said those arrested were two Algerians, two Libyans, a
Palestinian, a Croatian and an American woman married to one of the
Algerian suspects. They were not identified by name. On March 13
Irish police said they had released three of the arrested Muslims
and American Jamie Paulin-Ramirez (31) without charges.
(AP, 3/10/10)(AP, 3/13/10)
2011 Mar 10, Under heightened
security, Rep. Peter King opened hearings into Islamic
radicalization in America, dismissing what he called the "rage and
hysteria" surrounding the hearings.
2011 Mar 10, The US Attorney's
office in New Mexico said the mayor of Columbus, Eddie Espinoza, the
town's police chief Angelo Vega, and village trustee Blas Gutierrez
were among those arrested on an 84-count indictment for allegedly
trafficking around 200 guns to Mexico. In July Espinoza pleaded
guilty to federal gun smuggling charges and faced 65 years in
prison. In August Vega pleaded guilty.
(Reuters, 3/11/11)(SFC, 7/14/11, p.A6)(SFC,
2011 Mar 10, Actor Charlie
Sheen filed a $100 million wrongful-termination lawsuit against
Warner Bros. and producer Chuck Lorre for firing him from the TV
show “Two and a Half Men."
(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 10, Ohio executed
Johnnie Baston (37) for the 1994 killing of Chong Mah (53), a Toledo
store owner. Baston was executed with pentobarbital, previously used
primarily to euthanize animals.
(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A7)
2011 Mar 10, The Wisconsin
Assembly stripped a bill of its spending language and passed
legislation with only Republicans present taking away the collective
bargaining rights of the state’s government workers.
(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 10, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai’s brother said a relative was killed overnight by
international forces. ISAF had initially issued a statement saying
that the man killed in the operation was the father of a Taliban
leader who was responsible for distributing car bombs to insurgents
in Kandahar city and coordinating weapons supplies from outside
Afghanistan. US Army Staff Sgt. Eric Trueblood (27) was killed by an
IED in Kandahar province.
(AFP, 3/10/11)(SFC, 3/12/11, p.C2)
2011 Mar 10, Australia’s
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the nation’s spy agency ASIO
has established a 'cyber' intelligence unit to counter possible
terror attacks on computer systems from abroad.
2011 Mar 10, Bahrain's depleted
parliament warned against continued protests near government
ministries, calling Shiite rallies for a leadership overhaul in the
Persian Gulf kingdom illegal. The parliament has been in limbo since
18 opposition legislators resigned last month to protest the
government's deadly crackdown on the demonstrations centered around
a tent complex in Pearl Square in Manama.
2011 Mar 10, British public
sector workers were informed that their pensions would become less
(Econ, 3/12/11, p.66)
2011 Mar 10, The Natural
History Museum in London said that it has agreed to return 138 sets
of skeletal remains of indigenous people to Australia, in what it
hailed as a new approach to the delicate subject of repatriation.
2011 Mar 10, Human Rights Watch
issued a report saying "The enforcement of a compulsory Islamic
dress code on women in Chechnya violates their rights to private
life, personal autonomy, freedom of expression, and freedom of
religion, thought, and conscience."
2011 Mar 10, In China Guo
Weidong (38), an Internet activist, was detained at his home in
Haining. He was charged with subversion for spreading calls for
Middle-Eastern style anti-government protests.
(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 10, In China a
magnitude 5.8 earthquake toppled more than 3,600 houses and
apartment buildings in the southwest near the border with Myanmar,
killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 200.
(AP, 3/10/11)(AP, 3/11/11)
2011 Mar 10, France blazed a
diplomatic trail as it recognized a newly formed Libyan opposition
group, drawing the ire of other European nations for stepping out on
its own even as the situation in Libya remained unclear.
2011 Mar 10, In France the
suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA's armed cells
and three other alleged members of the organization were arrested in
Willencourt in northern Pas-de-Calais region. They included
Alejandro Zobaran Arriola (29), who an Interior Ministry statement
described as the head of ETA's "military apparatus." Another was the
alleged logistics chief, Mikel Oroz Torrea (31).
2011 Mar 10, In India the Dalai
Lama (76) said that he will give up his political role in the
Tibetan government-in-exile and shift that power to an elected
2011 Mar 10, In Italy the
government of Premier Berlusconi approved legislation to drastically
overhaul the justice system, including ending the possibility of
prosecutors appealing acquittals.
(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 10, Ivory Coast's
entrenched incumbent president imposed a no-fly order on UN
aircraft, possibly complicating the return of the internationally
recognized election winner who was attending an African Union summit
in Ethiopia. Envoys of Laurent Gbagbo rejected an African Union
proposal aimed at ending a violent power struggle.
(AP, 3/10/11)(Reuters, 3/10/11)
2011 Mar 10, In Jamaica gunmen
brazenly shot up a police station in Spanish Town just outside
Kingston. Intelligence indicated the gun attack was in retaliation
for the deaths of three alleged members of the Klansman gang by
security forces last weekend.
2011 Mar 10, Libyan tanks fired
on rebel positions around the oil port of Ras Lanuf and warplanes
hit another oil hub further east as Muammar Gaddafi carried
counter-attacks deeper into the insurgent heartland. Kadhafi's
forces sent rebel forces fleeing from a key oil hub and recaptured a
town near Tripoli. The New York Times reported that Kadhafi has
"tens of billions" of dollars in cash hidden in Tripoli, which
allows him to battle an uprising despite an international freeze on
(Reuters, 3/10/11)(AFP, 3/10/11)
2011 Mar 10, Macedonia opened a
new Holocaust Memorial Center dedicated to the Holocaust and its
Jewish community, which was almost wiped out during WWII.
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.88)(http://tinyurl.com/3uflkpj)
2011 Mar 10, In Malaysia the
main Christian grouping in the Muslim-majority country said it was
"fed up" with the government's refusal to allow the distribution of
tens of thousands of Bibles, saying this was an affront to religious
2011 Mar 10, In Mexico banners
were hung in Michoacan state announcing a previously unknown gang
calling itself the "Knights Templar," less than a month after the
local La Familia drug cartel said it intended to disband. Julian
Leyzaola (50), a retired army lieutenant colonel, took over the top
police job in Ciudad Juarez.
(AP, 3/10/11)(AP, 4/4/11)
2011 Mar 10, In the southern
Philippine suspected Abu Sayyaf militants detonated a powerful bomb
near a school on Jolo island, killing at least three people and
wounding nine others.
2011 Mar 10, Romania's Pres.
Traian Basescu signed a law making Feb. 20 an official holiday to
mark when the slavery of Gypsies, or Roma, was abolished. Roma
slavery was abolished Feb. 20, 1856, but discrimination persists
against the group.
2011 Mar 10, Saudi police in
the city of Qatif reportedly shot and wounded 3 Shiite protesters,
while trying to disperse a protest calling for the release of
(AFP, 3/10/11)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 10, Sri Lanka’s PM
D.M. Jayaratne said remnants of the island’s defeated Tamil rebels
are undergoing military training in India in a bid to revive their
separatist campaign at home. The Indian government immediately
rejected the claims.
2011 Mar 10, In Tunisia ousted
Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's former advisor Abdel Aziz
Ben Dhia and Abdel Wahab Abdallah, who served as minister in the
presidency, were arrested along with former Senate chief Abdallah
Kallal and taken to a military base near Tunis.
2011 Mar 10, Yemen's embattled
president proposed that the government draw up a new constitution
guaranteeing the independence of the parliament and judiciary, but
thousands of unsatisfied protesters poured into the streets after
his speech to demand the ouster of the Yemeni ruler of 32 years.
2011 Mar 10, Zimbabwe's PM
Morgan Tsvangirai called for a "divorce" in his unity government
with President Robert Mugabe, proposing new elections under a
2012 Mar 10, Rick Santorum won
the Republican caucuses in Kansas picking up 33 of 40 delegates.
Mitt Romney won 7 of 12 delegates in Wyoming.
(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A12)
2012 Mar 10, In Los Angeles,
Ca., a 340 ton granite boulder arrived at the LA County Museum of
Art under the direction of earth artist Michael Heizer.
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.38)
2012 Mar 10, A 70-foot fishing
trawler from Oregon, the Lady Cecelia, reported distress off the
Washington state coast. All 4 crewmen were missing and believed
(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A8)(SFC, 3/12/12, p.A7)
2012 Mar 10, Afghan officials
said 5 top Taliban leaders held by the US in the military prison at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, told a visiting Afghan delegation they agree
to a proposed transfer to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar. The US has
not yet agreed to the transfer but is considering it as an incentive
for the Taliban to participate in peace talks.
2012 Mar 10, Arab and Russian
foreign ministers meeting in Cairo called for an end to the violence
in Syria "whatever its source," as they struggled try to find common
ground on ways to resolve the deadly conflict. Qatari Foreign
Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said that it was time to
send Arab and foreign troops to Syria.
2012 Mar 10, In southwest China
a Tibetan teenager set himself on fire and died on the sensitive
anniversary of the Dalai Lama's flight into exile in 1959. The
18-year-old monk was from the restive Kirti Monastery and
self-immolated in Aba town in Sichuan province.
2012 Mar 10, Jean Giraud
(b.1938), French cartoonist aka Moebius, died overnight in Paris.
2012 Mar 10, In India
charismatic politician Akhilesh Yadav (38) was chosen to take power
in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and politically key state,
after dealing a stinging electoral humiliation to the Nehru-Gandhi
dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi.
2012 Mar 10, Iraqi security and
hospital sources said at least 14 youths have been stoned to death
in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign
by Shi'ite militants against youths wearing Western-style "emo"
clothes and haircuts. Officials and human rights groups said Iraqi
teenagers widely perceived to be gay are being brutally killed in
Baghdad with Shiite militias distributing lists of targets warning
of further assaults.
(Reuters, 3/10/12)(AFP, 3/11/12)
2012 Mar 10, Israeli aircraft
killed 15 militants in 10 airstrikes overnight. So far, militants
have fired more than 95 rockets. The Israeli military said its air
defense systems intercepted some 25 rockets before they landed.
2012 Mar 10, The crew of an
Italian tanker was evacuated by helicopter after the ship ran
aground off Sicily in storm-tossed seas, and took on water in its
2012 Mar 10, In Kenya a grenade
attack blamed on Somali Islamist militia killed six people and
wounded 42 at the Machakos bus terminus in Nairobi. 3 more people
died of their wounds over the next two days. Four grenades were
thrown only yards apart from a car driving past the busy terminal. 4
people were soon arrested.
(AFP, 3/11/12)(AP, 3/12/12)(AFP, 3/13/12)
2012 Mar 10, Myanmar state
media reported that a new law has gone into effect giving workers
the right to form unions and stage strikes.
(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Mar 10, In Pakistan at
least six people were killed in a day-long gun battle between
militants and government troops in the northwestern Khyber tribal
2012 Mar 10, In Russia more
than 20,000 protesters streamed down a central Moscow avenue to
denounce Vladimir Putin's presidential election win, but the crowd's
relatively small size compared to recent protests suggested the
opposition movement has lost some momentum.
2012 Mar 10, Slovakia held
elections. The Smer-Social Democracy party of former PM Robert Fico
was the clear winner with 44.4 percent of the vote, or 83 seats in
the 150-seat Parliament, with votes from all 5,956 polling stations
2012 Mar 10, In Somalia an
offensive by Islamist Shebab fighters on Ethiopian troops left at
least 23 people dead including 17 al-Shabab fighters and 6 Ethiopian
(AFP, 3/10/12)(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Mar 10, In South Sudan
some 100,000 cows were stolen over the last 2 days as cattle raiders
from the Murle community in Jonglei state attacked the ethnic Lou
Nuer living in neighboring Upper Nile state. The ethnic clashes over
cattle rustling killed more than 200 people, and hundreds more were
2012 Mar 10, Syrian troops
pushed ahead with a new assault on the northern region of Idlib. 17
civilians and four regular army troops were killed in clashes in
Idlib province. 28 people were reported killed nationwide. UN envoy
Kofi Annan met with Pres. Assad in Damascus trying to bring a halt
to fighting and arrange talks between the two sides. Assad told
Annan that any political dialogue was doomed to fail "as long as
there are armed terrorist groups that work to spread anarchy and
destabilize the country." The opposition as well has rejected
dialogue, saying it is impossible to talk to Assad's regime.
(AP, 3/10/12)(AFP, 3/10/12)(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 10, Turkish journalist
Adem Ozkose (34) and cameraman Hamit Coskun (21) reported from Idlib
as Syrian forces with tanks and artillery were preparing to move
against poorly armed rebels there. They were not heard from again
until May 5 when they called their families while under Syrian
detention. On May 11 Iran, acting as diplomatic go-between between
Syria and Turkey, negotiated their release.
2012 Mar 10, In central Yemen
airstrikes killed 18 Al-Qaida-linked militants. Separate strikes
targeted militants in the south.
(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A4)
2013 Mar 10, In Middlefield,
Ohio, James Gilkerson (42) exited his parked car and then fired 37
AK-47 shots at the officers and their patrol car. Officers Erin
Thomas and Brandon Savage returned fire, killing Gilkerson.
2013 Mar 10, In Warren, Ohio, a
stolen SUV with 8 teenagers flipped over into a pond, killing six of
2013 Mar 10, Virginia
authorities reported a string of arson fires in Accomack county that
have torched 64 unoccupied structures since Nov 12, with 7 burned in
the past week.
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 10, Bahamas’
environmental minister said offshore oil exploration will be
2013 Mar 10, China announced
plans to streamline government ministries, doing away with the
powerful Railways Ministry and creating a super-agency to regulate
the media and realigning other bureaucracies in a bid to boost
efficiency. Plans included the merger of the family planning
bureaucracy with the health ministry to form a new Health and Family
(AP, 3/10/13)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.45)
2013 Mar 10, Egypt's top
prosecutor encouraged citizens to arrest anyone breaking the law or
committing a crime. This stoked fears of vigilante groups taking
over police duties at a time of growing tension and lawlessness.
2013 Mar 10, An Egyptian
Foreign Ministry official said a man suspected of trying to spread
Christianity in Libya has died in prison there. The diplomat said
Ezzat Atallah, who suffered from diabetes and heart ailments, likely
died of natural causes.
2013 Mar 10, Falkland Islanders
began voting in a 2-day referendum on their political status as the
government mobilized a major effort to get as many of its 1,650
registered voters as possible.
2013 Mar 10, In Germany an
early-morning fire at an apartment building left 8 people dead, 7 of
them children in Backnang, a town near Stuttgart.
2013 Mar 10, In Iraq gunmen
shot and killed Bunyan Sabar al-Obeidi, a spokesman for the Sunni
protesters in Kirkuk, as he was driving his car in the oil-rich city
2013 Mar 10, Malta’s PM
Lawrence Gonzi of the Nationalist Party conceded defeat as ballots
were still being counted in the island nation and eurozone member.
Labor leader Joseph Muscat will be sworn in as the new prime
minister on March 11. Muscat swept to office with an implausible
pledge to cut the island’s sky-high energy tariffs by 25%.
(AP, 3/11/13)(Econ, 11/14/15, p.55)
2013 Mar 10, In Myanmar Aung
San Suu Kyi was selected to continue as head of the main opposition
party, keeping her leadership post even as the party undergoes a
makeover to adjust to the country's new democratic framework.
2013 Mar 10, In eastern and
southern Pakistan hundreds of Christians protesting the burning of
their homes by a Muslim mob over alleged blasphemous remarks made
against the Islam's Prophet Muhammad clashed with police. A
suspected US missile strike killed a foreign militant who was riding
on horseback in Datta Khel in North Waziristan.
2013 Mar 10, Rwanda police
arrested Charles Bandora (60) following his extradition from Norway
to stand trial for his alleged role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.
2013 Mar 10, Welsh-born
Princess Lilian (b.1915) died in her Stockholm home. Lilian Davies
met Sweden's Prince Bertil (d.1997) in 1943, but his obligations to
the throne and her status as a divorced commoner prevented them from
making their love public. In 1976 the new king finally gave them
approval to marry.
2013 Mar 10, Venezuelan
opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced that he will run in
elections to replace Hugo Chavez, launching what many consider a
doomed candidacy with a no-holds-barred attack against a government
he said had coldly betrayed Venezuelans' trust.
2014 Mar 10, Colorado said
marijuana sales brought in $3.5 million in tax revenues and fees in
the first month retail pot outlets were allowed.
2014 Mar 10, A federal judge in
Chicago ruled that Branko Bogdanov (58) and his wife Lela (52) are
to remain in jail pending trial for stealing $7 million in a
decade-long multistate shopping spree. They had emigrated from
Yugoslavia and were in the US illegally.
(SFC, 3/11/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 10, Fruit supply
companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said
they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana
supplier. Fyffes is Europe's biggest banana importer and the oldest
industry brand, dating to 1929.
2014 Mar 10, Journalist Joe
McGinniss (b.1942) died. His books included “The Selling of the
President “ (1968) and “Fatal Vision" (1983).
(SFC, 3/11/14, p.A8)
2014 Mar 10, Two Bahraini
suspects, one with a US passport, were arrested after they allegedly
"demonstrated and attacked a police patrol using Molotov cocktails
and iron bars" in the Shiite village of Maameer.
2014 Mar 10, A Burundian
official said South Africa has expelled a diplomat from Burundi's
embassy in connection with a raid on an exiled Rwandan general's
Johannesburg home and Burundi is considering a response.
2014 Mar 10, State officials in
the Central African Republic were paid their first wage for six
months, a small sign of normality in a country that has been
paralyzed by war for over a year. A group of UN-mandated
investigators said they will launch a probe into human rights
violations amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
2014 Mar 10, Cypriot Central
Bank governor Panicos Demetriades, whose testy relations with
island's government dogged a tumultuous tenure when Cyprus teetered
on the brink of bankruptcy, resigned.
2014 Mar 10, In Germany Bayern
Munich president Uli Hoeness admitted to evading millions of euros
(dollars) in taxes through an undeclared Swiss bank account at a
trial that could send the German football great to prison.
2014 Mar 10, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian judge from Jordan in an altercation at
a crossing point between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The Israeli military said Raed Alaa el-Deen Za'eiter (Raed Zeiter)
had tried to seize a soldier's gun at the Allenby bridge.
2014 Mar 10, Libyan officials
said parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week
to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, raising the
stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues.
2014 Mar 10, Flooding in parts
of southern Mozambique prompted authorities to call on people to
evacuate. More than 6,000 people living in the Incomati basin were
at risk from flooding.
2014 Mar 10, The Philippines
air dropped food and water to soldiers stationed on a grounded
transport ship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal. A day earlier
China blocked two Filipino supply ships from reaching the troops.
2014 Mar 10, In the Philippines
some 50 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels launched a series of attacks
in southern Davao del Sur province's Matanao township, killing 10
government troops and wounding nine. At least two guerrillas were
killed and nine captured. Security forces were on heightened alert
for the NPA's founding anniversary on March 29, which rebels
traditionally mark by attacking government troops and installations.
2014 Mar 10, Russian troops
opened fire with automatic rifles during a takeover of a Ukrainian
naval post in Crimea.
2014 Mar 10, South Africa said
it will ask Mozambican authorities to investigate reports of sexual
abuse of its female nationals held in the neighbouring country's
2014 Mar 10, Switzerland froze
the assets and bank accounts of nine more Ukrainians, including
another son of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich and the son of a
former prime minister, all of whom are suspected of human rights
abuses and misuse of state funds.
2014 Mar 10, The office of
Switzerland's attorney general said its criminal investigation into
former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford's massive Ponzi scheme has
concluded that some of the victims' money was laundered in Swiss
2014 Mar 10, Activist group All
Out said the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising
from Red Pepper, a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names
of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted