Today in History
Today is Sunday, March 10, the 69th day of 2013. There are 296 days left in the year.
On March 10, 1913, former slave, abolitionist and Underground Railroad "conductor" Harriet Tubman died in Auburn, N.Y.; she was in her 90s.
On this date:
In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's 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."
In 1949, Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as "Axis Sally," was convicted in Washington, D.C., of treason. (She served 12 years in prison.)
In 1973, the Pink Floyd album "The Dark Side of the Moon" was first released in the U.S. by Capitol Records (the British release came nearly two weeks later).
In 1985, Konstantin U. Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union's leader for just 13 months, died at age 73.
Ten years ago: 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 from Texas."
Five years ago: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized after allegations surfaced that he had paid thousands of dollars for a high-end call girl.
Today's Birthdays: Talk show host Ralph Emery is 80. Bluegrass/country singer-musician Norman Blake is 75. Actor Chuck Norris is 73. Singer Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean) is 73. Actress Shannon Tweed is 56. Actress Sharon Stone is 55. Actress Jasmine Guy is 51. Britain's Prince Edward is 49. Actress Paget Brewster is 44. Actor Jon Hamm (TV: "Mad Men") is 42. Country singer Daryle Singletary is 42. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 41. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shannon Miller is 36. Country singer Carrie Underwood is 30. Actress Olivia Wilde is 29. Rhythm-and-blues singer Emeli Sande is 26. Country singer Rachel Reinert is 24. Actress Emily Osment is 21.
Thought for Today: "There is no tyranny so despotic as that of public opinion among a free people." -- Donn Piatt, American journalist (1819-1891).