On This Day in History: March 10

On March 10, the WB aired its first ever hit TV show, but was closed down a few years later. Here is a look at today in history.

1876: The First Telephone Call

In history today, Alexander Graham Bell made his first telephone call to Thomas Watson. The wording is debated, but it is believed to be “Mr. Watson, come here. I need you.” The Scottish inventor called from his laboratory to his assistant in the next room to test that it worked. They were the first words ever actually spoken over a telephone line. This came just three days after Bell put in for a patent for the telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell

1906: French Mine Explosion Kills 1,000+

Today in history, more than 1,000 workers were killed in a mine explosion in Courrieres, France. A fire underground sparked an explosion big enough to destroy the majority of the mines within the area. The area had been known for its complex maze of mines near the Pas-de-Calais Mountains, with more than 2,000 men and boys working in them. When the workers failed to put out the small fire, they decided to close the outlets to the area and starve off the fire. Unfortunately, fissures in the walls meant that flammable gases leaked in and led to the explosion. The roof of the mine office was destroyed and people on the mine surfaces were killed, as well as those in the tunnels.

 

1948: Jan Masaryk’s Strange Death

On this day in history, Jan Masaryk, the Foreign Minister in Czechoslovakia’s government, mysteriously died. Reports said that he had killed himself, but the West refused to believe this. He had previously been working with the Soviets, encouraging peace between them and a democratic Czechoslovakia; the Russian’s believed they were a threat. The problem was a year before his death, Masaryk showed his interest in participating in the United States’ Marshall Plan, which the Soviets would not allow. February 1948 saw a coup against him and his government and then he reportedly jumped out of a window, killing himself. Murder was never proven.

1997: Warner Brothers Airs Buffy the Vampire Slayer

On March 10, 1997, Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired for the very first time. It would become the first hit show for the young WB network, despite worries that it would fail due to it being a continuation from the failed 1992 movie. Buffy’s first season was given just 12 episodes, instead of the usual 22, and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter and Anthony Stuart Head. It was created and executively produced Thomas Howardby Joss Whedon. The show helped spark more hit shows, including Charmed and Supernatural.

Famous Birthdays on March 10

Tsar Vasili II of Russia–1415

King Ferdinand II of Aragon–1452

Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I—1503

Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk and kinsman of queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard–1538

Queen Luise of Prussia–1776

Russian tsar Alexander III—1845

Women’s rights leader Hallie Quinn Brown—1845

New Zealand suffragette Kate Sheppard–1847

Mama’s Bank Account author Kathryn McLean—1909

All Creatures Great and Small writer James Herriot—1916

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter—1936

Walker, Texas Ranger actor Chuck Norris—1940

Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller—1977

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood—1983

R&B Singer Emile Sande—1987

Sources:

Birthdays from HistoryNet.com and FamousBirthdays.com

Featured image from Deposit Photos

Image of Alexander Graham Bell in the public domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Graham_Bell#/media/File:Alexander_Graham_Bell.jpg

Thomas Howard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Howard,_4th_Duke_of_Norfolk#/media/File:ThomasHoward4HerzogvonNorfolk.jpg


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