This day in history

Monday, March 10, is the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor Chuck Norris is 74. Playwright David Rabe is 74. Rock musician Tom Scholz (Boston) is 67. Blues musician Ronnie Earl is 61. Filmmaker Paul Haggis is 61. Actress Sharon Stone is 56. Actress Jasmine Guy is 52. Music producer Rick Rubin is 51. Britain’s Prince Edward is 50. Actor Stephen Mailer is 48. Actor Jon Hamm is 43. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 42. Singer Robin Thicke is 37. Gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller is 37. Country singer Carrie Underwood is 31. Actress Olivia Wilde is 30. R&B singer Emeli Sande is 27.

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.


In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson, heard Bell say over his experimental telephone: ‘‘Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.’’

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In 1880, the Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England.

In 1933, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered off Long Beach, Calif., resulted in 120 deaths.

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

In 2004, Lee Boyd Malvo was sentenced in Chesapeake, Va., to life in prison for his role in the October 2002 rampage in the Washington, D.C., area that left 10 people dead. (Malvo, 19, was sentenced a day after sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad got the death penalty.)