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.
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 by 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
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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