March 10th

2000
The dotcom bubble bursts when the NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5408.60. The dotcom boom, which started in 1997, accompanied the advent of countless new Internet-based companies. When the speculative bubble burst, many small investors were affected.
1969
James Earl Ray was sentenced in Memphis, Tennessee, to 99 years in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., in April 1968.
James Earl Ray
1965
Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" opened on Broadway.
The Odd Couple
1959
A revolt erupts in Lhasa, sparking the Tibetan uprising. Fearing the Dalai Lama's abduction by China, 300,000 Tibetans surrounded his palace.
History of Tibet (1950–present)
1957
Terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia.
Osama bin Laden
1952
Fulgencio Batista assumes power in Cuba after a coup. The dictator was overthrown by rebels under the command of Che Guevara in 1959.
Fulgencio Batista
1948
The body of Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovakia's anti-Communist foreign minister was found. Officially a suicide, the real cause of death has never been proven.
Defenestrations of Prague
1945
The most destructive bombing raid in history hits Tokyo. About 100,000 Tokyo citizens died in the fires caused by the U.S. airforce's incendiary bombs.
Bombing of Tokyo
1920
Home Rule Act passed by the British Parliament, dividing Ireland into two parts; it is rejected by the southern counties, where the Ango-Irish war continues for a year.
Partition of Ireland
1876
The first telephone call is made. Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the words “Mr. Watson, come here -- I want to see you” to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, who was in the next-door room.
Timeline of the telephone
1864
Ulysses S. Grant became commander of the Union armies during the Civil War.
Ulysses S. Grant and the American Civil War
1861
West African political leader El Hadj Umar Tall seizes the city of Segou, destroying the Bambara Empire of Mali.
History of Mali
1848
The Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war with Mexico.
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
1785
Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.
United States Ambassador to France
1783
USS Alliance under Captain Barry fights and wins last naval battle of US Revolutionary War off Cape Canaveral.
USS Alliance (1778)
1629
Charles I of England dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years.
Personal Rule
1496
Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.
Hispaniola