10th March

Born on this Day 10th March
1888 Barry Fitzgerald
1891 Sam Jaffe
1928 James Earl Ray
1934 Sir Thomas Pilkington
1940 Chuck Norris
1947 Lord Paul Condon
1958 Garth Crooks
1958 Sharon Stone
1964 HRH Prince Edward
1973 Chris Sutton

Died on this Day
1988 Andy Gibb
1998 Lloyd Bridges
2003 Barry Sheene


1959 Elvis Presley’s ‘I Need Your Love Tonight/A Fool Such As I’ was released in America. Advance orders already exceeded £1 million and a gold disc had been sent by RCA to Presley in Germany even before it had reached the shelves.

1963 25,000 fans turned up at country star Patsy Cline’s funeral and stole most of the flowers as souvenirs.

1977 The Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records in a deal which took place outside Buckingham Palace.

1990 In a poll, Russian pop fans elected the acts they would most like to see visit their country: Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.


1983 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean recorded seven maximum scores to skate to victory in the ice dancing championships in Helsinki.

1992 Derby County Football Club broke their transfer record when they signed England under-21 striker Paul Kitson in a £1.3 million deal with Leicester City.

1992 Former Kent and England cricketer Colin Cowdrey was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

1992 Joe Kinnear was appointed manager of Wimbledon football Club.

People & Showbiz

1969 James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in jail.

1984 The handbag of the Prime Minister’s daughter Carol Thatcher, containing the keys to No.10 Downing Street, was stolen in a wine bar in London.

1989 Comic Relief Day was celebrated in Britain with over 50,000 registered charity fundraising events taking place across the country.

General Events

515 BC The building of the great Jewish temple in Jerusalem was completed.

1831 The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria.

1863 King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark

1906 London Underground’s Bakerloo Line was opened.

1914 The Rokeby Venus in London’s National Gallery was slashed by a suffragette using a meat cleaver.

1989 Two Sikh separatist extremists from London were jailed for life after shooting religious leader Mahraj Darshan Das at a school in Southall, West London.

1991 According to a survey by the Family Policy Studies Centre, 50% of children who live alone with their mother have lost contact with their father.

1991 Rugby School, made famous by the novel ‘Tom Brown’s School days’ announced that it was to become fully co-educational from September 1993.

2006 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.

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