#TodayInHistory – March 10
March 10 – Some Important Events on this day
241 BC 👉🏼 Battle of the Aegates Islands: the Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.
1578 👉🏼 Queen Elizabeth I of England gives Johan Casimir £20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion
1762 👉🏼 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities. The event inspires Voltaire to begin campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform.
1783 👉🏼 USS Alliance under Captain Barry fights and wins last naval battle of US Revolutionary War off Cape Canaveral 🇺🇸
1861 👉🏼 West African political leader El Hadj Umar Tall seizes the city of Segou, destroying the Bambara Empire of Mali 🇲🇱
1862 👉🏼 US issues 1st paper money ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 & $1000) 💵
1876 👉🏼 First telephone call: Alexander Graham Bell says “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you” to his assistant Thomas Watson ☎️
1902 👉🏼 A United States court of appeals rules that Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera 🎥
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 again.
1927 👉🏼 Bavaria lifts ban on Adolf Hitler’s speeches
1945 👉🏼 Tokyo in fire after night time B-29 bombings, more than 100,000 people die, mostly civilians.
The “Operation Meetinghouse” firebombing of Tokyo on the night of March 9–10, 1945, was the single deadliest air raid of World War II. The bombings and resulting fires inflicted a greater area of fire damage and loss of life than the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima or Nagasaki as single events. 💣
1952 👉🏼 Military coup led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba 🇨🇺