Sunday, March 10, 2013

March 10th thought for the day, a few historical facts and remember to set your clocks forward

Enjoy the thought for the day for March 10th  and a few historical facts courtesy of Wikipedia.
And remember to it’s Spring Forward, Daylight Saving Time starts today!

241 BC  First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands – TheRomans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.
298 – Roman Emperor Maximian concludes his campaign inNorth Africa against the Berbers, and makes a triumphal entry into Carthage.
1629  Charles I of England dissolves Parliament, beginning the eleven-year           period known as the Personal Rule.
1762 – French Huguenot Jean Calas, who had been wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspiredVoltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform.
1804  Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.
1831 – The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.
1848 – The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is ratified by the United States Senate, ending theMexican-American War.
1864  American Civil War: The Red River Campaign begins as Union troops reachAlexandria, Louisiana.
1876  Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."
1906 – The Courrières mine disaster, Europe's worst ever, kills 1099 miners in NorthernFrance.
1922  Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation.
1933 – An earthquake in Long Beach, California kills 115 people and causes an estimated $40 million dollars in damage.
1945 – The U.S. Army Air Force firebombs Tokyo, and the resulting firestorm kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.
1969 – In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later retracts his plea.
1970  Vietnam War: Captain Ernest Medina is charged by the U.S. Military with My Lai war crimes.
1977  Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus.
2000 – The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom.

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating.It’s just plain wrong.”
~ Muhammad Ali

[Muhammad Ali]Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali has both been idolized and vilified…source

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