ON THIS DAY: March 10, 2017

March 10th is

International Bagpipe Day *

Harriet Tubman Day *

Land Line Telephone Day

Mario (Mar.10) Day

Middle Name Pride Day

Pack Your Lunch Day

U.S. Salvation Army Day *

U.S. Paper Money Day *

Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


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Australia – Port Fairy:
Folk Festival (opening day)

Italy – Varese:
Teatro Nuovo Film Festival

Netherlands – Maastricht:
European Fine Arts Fair

Thailand – Bangkok:
Transmission Music Journey

United Kingdom – Birmingham:
The Bond Rum Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

241 BC – The Roman fleet sinks 50 Carthaginian ships in the Battle of Aegis, off the western coast of Sicily, the final naval battle of the First Punic War

1629 – Charles I of England dissolves Parliament, beginning the eleven-year period known as the Personal Rule

1772 – Friedrich von Schlegel born, German writer and critic, originator of many of the philosophical ideas that inspire the early German Romantic movement

1785 – Thomas Jefferson becomes minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin

1792 – John Stone patents the pile driver

1804 – Formal ceremonies transferring the Louisiana Purchase from France to the U.S. take place in St. Louis

1841 – Ina Coolbrith born, American poet/author/librarian, 1st California Poet Laureate

1847 – Kate Sheppard born, leading member of the New Zealand Women’s Suffrage movement; in 1893, New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the vote; Kate Sheppard is depicted on New Zealand’s ten-dollar note

1848 – The U.S. Senate ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war with Mexico

1849 – Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent for a device lifting vessels over shoals by means of inflated cylinders

1850 – Hallie Quinn Brown, African-American educator, author and activist, founder of the Colored Woman’s League of Washington, D.C. which merges with the National Association of Colored Women in 1894

1858 – Henry W. Fowler born, English lexicographer/philologist; worked on the Concise Oxford Dictionary, and authored A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

1862 – U.S. Paper Money Day * – U.S. government issues the first Legal Tender paper currency not backed by silver or gold deposits

1867 – Lillian D. Wald born, nurse, suffragist, humanitarian and author, human rights and women’s rights activist, founder of the Henry Street Settlement house in New York City, involved in founding the NAACP, Visiting Nurse and the Women’s Trade Union League; also campaigned for U.S. pure food laws

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call when he speaks the words “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you”

1876 – Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington born, American sculptor, known for animal sculptures especially horses, first woman artist elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

1880 – The Salvation Army * arrives in America: Commissioner George Scott Raiton and seven women officers kneel on the dockside at Battery Park in New York City to give thanks for their safe journey

1893 – New Mexico State University cancels its first graduation ceremony because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before

1902 – U.S. Attorney General Philander Knox announces that a suit is being brought against Morgan and Harriman’s Northern Securities Company, to enforce the Sherman Antitrust Act; Northern Securities initial loss in court is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 14, 1904

1903 – Clare Booth Luce born, American politician, author, US Ambassador to Brazil and Italy, member of the U.S. House of Representatives

1903 – Bix Beiderbecke born, American jazz cornetist and composer

1910 – Slavery is abolished in China

1912 – China becomes a republic after the overthrow of the Manchu Ch’ing Dynasty

1914 – At London’s National Gallery, suffragette Mary Richardson slashes Diego Velázquez’s ‘Rokeby Venus’ with a meat cleaver: “I have tried to destroy the picture of the most beautiful woman in mythological history as a protest against the Government for destroying Mrs. Pankhurst, who is the most beautiful character in modern history. Justice is an element of beauty as much as colour and outline on canvas. Mrs. Pankhurst seeks to procure justice for womanhood, and for this she is being slowly murdered by a Government of Iscariot politicians.” Emmeline Pankhurst and other members of the militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), while serving sentences for their activities, go on hunger strikes to protest the horrible conditions at Holloway Prison; the government begins violent force-feedings to prevent them from dying as martyrs

1924 – In Radice v. New York, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New York statute “prohibiting employment of women in restaurants in large cities (cities of the first and second class) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. held not an arbitrary and undue interference with the liberty of contract of the women and their employers, but justifiable as a health measure” – in spite of being unable to say  “whether this kind of work is so substantially and especially detrimental to the health and welfare of women” or not; held not to deny equal protection under the law “either (a) because it applies only to first and second class cities, or (b) because it does not apply to women employed in restaurants as singers and performers, to attendants in ladies’ cloak rooms and parlors and those employed in hotel dining rooms and kitchens, or in lunch rooms or restaurants conducted by employers solely for the benefit of their employees” – “To be violative of the Equal Protection Clause, the inequality produced by a statute must be actually and palpably unreasonable and arbitrary”

1927 – Prussia lifted its Nazi ban allowing Adolf Hitler to speak in public

1933 – Nevada becomes the first U.S. state to regulate drugs

1940 – W2XBS-TV in New York City aired the first televised opera as it presented scenes from I Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo

1959 – Sweet Bird of Youth, by Tennessee Williams, opens at NYC’s Martin Beck Theatre, directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, who wins a Tony Award for Best Actress

1965 – Walter Matthau and Art Carney open on Broadway in The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, directed by Mike Nichols; it is nominated for Best Play, and wins Tonys for Best Actor (Matthau), Best Author, Best Director and Best Scenic Design

1966 – France withdraws from NATO’s military command to protest U.S. dominance of the alliance and asks NATO to move its headquarters from Paris

1969 – James Earl Ray pleads guilty in Memphis TN, to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1971 – U.S. Senate approves an amendment to lower the voting age to 18

1981 – U.S. Postal Service announces a first class postage increase from 15 to 18 cents

1982 – The U.S. bans Libyan oil imports for their continued support of terrorism

1986 – The Wrigley Company raises the price of a seven-stick pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum from a quarter to 30 cents

1986 – The Bagpipe Society is formed in Britain, then in 2012 sponsors an International Piping Conference and launches the first International Bagpipe Day * encouraging all pipers to go out on March 10th at noon local time, play their pipes, then post a photo or video on the Society’s Facebook page

1987 – The Vatican condemns surrogate parenting as well as test-tube babies and artificial insemination

1990 – By Senate Joint Resolution 257, Harriet Tubman Day * is proclaimed on the anniversary of her death, March 10, 1913

1991 – “Phase Echo” begins, the operation to withdraw 540,000 U.S. troops from the Persian Gulf region

1993 – Dr. David Gunn is shot to death by an anti-abortion terrorist during an anti-abortion protest outside the Pensacola Women’s Medical Services clinic. Don Treshman, national director of ‘Rescue America,’ the group staging the protest, said after the murder, “While Gunn’s death is unfortunate, it’s also true that quite a number of babies’ lives will be saved.” Death threats, vandalism and arson at abortion clinics increased dramatically during the 1990s; while new laws are passed to protect abortion clinics and Pro-choice advocates successfully sue anti-abortion groups under existing racketeering laws, the number of doctors providing abortion services plummets. Dr. Gunn had a wife and two children

1994 – White House officials begin testifying before a federal grand jury about the Whitewater controversy, over the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton, and their associates Jim and Susan McDougal, in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture in the 1970s-80s; Laura Jean Lewis, an investigator  for Resolution Trust Corporation, thinks Whitewater might be connected to the failure of Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, owned by the McDougals, and submits a criminal referral to the FBI naming the Clintons as witnesses in  the Madison case.  Little Rock U.S. Attorney Charles A. Banks and the FBI determine that the referral lacks merit, but Lewis won’t back off. Eventually, though the U.S Attorney and the FBI repeatedly find no merit in her additional referrals, she is called to testify before the Senate Whitewater Committee in 1995, which takes over 10,000 pages of testimony, and 35,000 pages of depositions from almost 250 people, and results in an 800 page report, which shows they found insufficient evidence of any wrongdoing by the Clintons  – Lewis, however, is suspected of illegally recording a conversation with a senior government attorney during the investigation, and she is investigated for various wrongdoings, including misuse and mishandling of classified material, secretly recording conversations with her colleagues, and use of government equipment for personal gain. She admits to using her office to market T-shirts and mugs lettered “B.I.T.C.H.” (Bubba/Bill, I’m Taking Charge, Hillary). In 2003, while George W. Bush is Commander-in-Chief, Lewis is appointed as chief of staff of the Pentagon Inspector General’s Office – where she is curiously unenthusiastic about investigating allegations concerning Halliburton’s many government contracts and practices, the company of which Vice President Dick Cheney is the former CEO

1997 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuts in television

1998 – Eric Clapton releases his album Pilgrim

2002 – The Associated Press reports that the Pentagon informed the U.S. Congress in January that it is making contingency plans for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that threaten the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction, including Iraq and North Korea

2010 – U.S. Vice President arrives in Israel to promote U.S.-backed peace talks just as the Israeli government inveils plans for new settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, to provide over 1,600 new homes in Rabat Shlomo. Biden releases a statement condemning the plan: “The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I’ve had here in Israel.” Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev responds “…from the point of view of Israel, Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital and will remain as such.”



  • The Green Piper – The Bagpipe Society
  • International flags
  • Friedrich von Schlegel, historian quote
  • Ina Coolbrith, peace quote
  • Kate Sheppard on New Zealand’s ten-dollar note
  • Lillian D. Wald, nursing quote
  • El Cid, by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington
  • Clare Booth Luce, thinking quote
  • Mary Richardson under arrest – with damage to painting
  • Walter Matthau and Art Carney in The Odd Couple
  • Harriet Tubman, liberty quote


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1 Response to ON THIS DAY: March 10, 2017

  1. In honor of our Brandi, the Celtic Lassie, on International Bagpipe Day. She made several videos at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. One of her favorite groups was Saor Patrol, from Scotland. It is pronounced “Shore Patrol.” She was on a first name basis with all of them. This is her video of Saor Patrol at the 2011 games.

    Saor Patrol made this video in Scotland. Their music has power and energy. This tune is called “Full Throttle.”

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