MILESTONES: March 10 birthdays for Jasmine Guy, Chuck Norris, Barbara Corcoran
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actor and martial artist Chuck Norris, who was born in 1940; actress and playwright Katharine Houghton, who was born in 1945; musician and Boston founder Tom Scholz, who was born in 1947; businesswoman and media personality Barbara Corcoran, who was born in 1949; actress Sharon Stone, who was born in 1958; actress Jasmine Guy, who was born in 1962; Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, who was born in 1963; music producer Rick Rubin, who was born in 1963; musician Edie Brickell, who was born in 1966; actor Jon Hamm, who was born in 1971; rapper Timbaland, who was born in 1972; musician and actress Carrie Underwood, who was born in 1983; and actress Olivia Wilde, who was born in 1984.
SALE OF THE CENTURY: The Louisiana Purchase was completed on this day in 1804 when Spain transferred ownership of Upper Louisiana to France, which then transferred it to the U.S. A total of 828,000 square miles west of the Mississippi River changed hands, nearly doubling the size of the young nation.
FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was ratified by the U.S. Senate on this day in 1848, ending the Mexican War. The treaty set the U.S.-Mexican border at the Rio Grande and also gave the U.S. ownership of California and much of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message on this day in 1876. He said to his assistant in the next room, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
“You don’t need an MBA to launch a business. You need street smarts and grit.”
— Barbara Corcoran, who was born on this day in 1949
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