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10th March

1629 Charles I of England dissolved Parliament and ruled alone for 11 years.

1801 The first census in Britain took place.

1863 King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

1848 US Congress ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War.

1876 The first telephone call 'Mr Watson, come here. I want you.' was made by Alexander Graham Bell.

1885 * Tamara Karsavina, leading Russian ballerina who partnered Nijinsky until 1913.

1903 * Bix (Leon Bismark) Beiderbecke, US cornet player and composer of jazz music.

1906 London Underground opened the Baker Street to Waterloo Line.

1940 * Chuck Norris, US television and film actor.

1948 The body of Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovakia's anti-Communist foreign minister was discovered. He was reported to have committed suicide.

1952 General Fulgenico Batista regained power in Cuba after a lightning coup d'etat.

1964 * Prince Edward, third son of Queen Elizabeth II.

1968 A New Zealand car ferry capsized in Wellington harbour, drowning 200 people.

1969 James Earl Ray was jailed for 99 years for killing Martin Luther King.

1973 The British governor Sir Richard Sharples, and his assistant were assassinated in Bermuda.

1988 Prince Charles narrowly avoided death on the ski slopes of Switzerland in an avalanche.

1990 A court in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, sentenced the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft to death.

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