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James Earl Ray pleads guilty to shooting Martin Luther King Jr. – Chicago Tribune

Today is Sunday, March 10, the 70th day of 2024. There are 296 days left in the year. Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. local time.

Highlights of this day in history:

On March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to assassinating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee (Ray later denied this allegation and maintained his innocence until his death).

On this date:

In 1496, Christopher Columbus completed his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was appointed American minister to France, replacing Benjamin Franklin.

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Ulysses S. Grant, who had just taken office as a lieutenant general, to command the United States Armies.

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson, heard Bell say on his experimental telephone: “Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you,” he said from a side room of Bell’s Boston laboratory.

In 1906, approximately 1,100 miners were killed by a coal dust explosion in northern France.

Former slave, abolitionist, and Underground Railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman died in Auburn, New York, in 1913; She was in her 90s.

In 1965, Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Double” starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney opened on Broadway.

Konstantin U. Chernenko, who ruled the Soviet Union for 13 months in 1985, died at the age of 73; He was replaced by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 1988, pop singer Andy Gibb died of heart inflammation at the age of 30 in Oxford, England.

In 2015, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who broke her silence in the face of growing controversy over her use of a private email address and server, acknowledged that as secretary of state she had to use government email but insisted that it did not violate any federal law or Obama’s. management rules.

In 2019, a Boeing 737 Max 8 belonging to Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after taking off from the capital Addis Ababa, and all 157 people on board died.

In 2021, the House gave final congressional approval to a groundbreaking $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill over Republican opposition, while the Senate confirmed Merrick Garland to be U.S. attorney general by a strong bipartisan vote.

In 2022, civilians stranded in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol searched desperately for food and fuel as Russian forces continued their bombardment amid international condemnation of an airstrike that killed three people at a maternity hospital the day before.

In 2023, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seized the assets of Silicon Valley Bank, locking up the money of many Silicon Valley employees and companies in the second largest bank bankruptcy in history, following the failure of Washington Mutual in 2008.

Today’s birthdays: Bluegrass/country singer-musician Norman Blake is 86 years old. Actor Chuck Norris is 84 years old. Playwright David Rabe is 84. Singer Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean) is 84. Actor Katharine Houghton (Movie: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”) is 82 years old. Actor Richard Gant is 80 years old. Rock musician Tom Scholz (Boston) is 77 years old. Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell is 77 years old. TV star/businesswoman Barbara Corcoran (TV: “Shark Tank”) is 75 years old. Actor Aloma Wright 74. Blues musician Ronnie Earl (Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters) 71. Alt-country/rock musician Gary Louris 69. Actor Shannon Tweed 67. Pop/jazz singer Jeanie Bryson 66. Actor Sharon Stone 66. Rock musician Gail Greenwood 64. Magician Lance Burton 64. Actor Jasmine Guy 62. Rock musician Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) 61. Music producer Rick Rubin 61. Britain’s Prince Edward 60. Rock singer Edie Brickell 58. Actor Stephen Mailer 58, Actor Philip Anthony-Rodriguez 56 , Actor Paget Brewster 55, Actor Jon Hamm 53, Rapper-producer Timbaland 52, Actor Cristián de la Fuente 50, Rock musician Jerry Horton (Papa Roach) 49 years old Actor Jeff Branson 47, Singer Robin Thicke 47, Actor Bree Turner 47, Olympic Gold medalist gymnast Shannon Miller is 47, Contemporary Christian singer Michael Barnes (Red) is 45, Actor Edi Gathegi is 45, Actor Thomas Middleditch is 42. Country singer Carrie Underwood is 41, Actor Olivia Wilde is 40, R&B singer Emeli Sandé is 37, Country singer Rachel Reinert is 35, Country musician Jared Hampton (LANCO) is 33, Actor Emily Osment is 32 years old.

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