March 10 in Pop Culture History

March 10 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

March 10 History Highlights

  • 1862 – The United States began using paper currency.
  • 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell spoke into his just-completed invention, the telephone.
    “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.”
  • 1880 – The US Salvation Army began serving.
  • 1977 – Astronomers discovered the rings of Uranus.
  • If you were born on March 10th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 17th (prior year)

Mario Day

Since 2016, Mario Day, or Mar10, is an annual celebration of all things Mario. Fans decided that it would be celebrated on March 10, just because the date, when written as Mar10, seems like ‘Mario’.

The first incarnation of Mario appeared as a carpenter called Jumpman within the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong. there is a lot of debate around whether or not this character is the same as Mario or if he’s Mario and Luigi’s father. ‘Mario’ was named after American businessman Mario Segale, a person who rented warehouse space to Nintendo.

Bagpipe Day

The bagpipe is a woodwind instrument with a long and rich history. Bagpipes have been found in ancient Rome and Egypt, and there are many references to them in Celtic and Norse mythology. Bagpipes were traditionally made out of animal skin, but today they are often made from synthetic materials.

Bagpipes consist of several parts including the air supply blowpipe, the bag, the chanter, the chanter reed, and the drone or drones. The chanter is the melody pipe that can be played by the piper, whereas the drone or drones provide a constant note. Bagpipes are most commonly associated with Scotland and Ireland, although they can also be found in other countries such as Spain, Malta, China, India and Pakistan.

Bagpipes were traditionally played by men to accompany dancing or marching soldiers into battle. Today bagpipe bands continue this tradition at military ceremonies around the world. Bagpipes are also used for entertainment purposes and have been featured prominently in films like Braveheart (1995) and The Princess Bride (1987).

March 10 is…

Bagpipe Day
Blueberry Popover Day
Mario Day (Mar10)
Ranch Dressing Day
Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10 Birthday Quotes

“Everyone wants to work with the big new producer or the hot new singer. The key is to find them before they’re hot.”
– Timbaland

“There is a child in all of us, a person who believes in a glorious future.”
– Jasmine Guy

“I’ve gotten away with a lot in my life. The older you get the more you realize you’re not getting away with it, it’s taking its toll somewhere. So you try not to put yourself in those situations. Part of the mysterious process called growing up. Some people do that better than others.”
– Jon Hamm

“Always remember that your success begins inside you: If you can’t see it first, no one else ever will.”
– Chuck Norris

“I’d go to hell to hear a good band.”
– Bix Beiderbecke

March 10 Birthdays

1903 – Bix Beiderbecke, American cornet player, pianist, and composer (died in 1931)
1924 – Judith Jones, American literary and cookbook editor (died in 2017)
1928 – James Earl Ray, American criminal; assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. (died in 1998)
1940 – Chuck Norris, American actor, producer, and martial artist
1957 – Osama bin Laden, Saudi Arabian terrorist, founded al-Qaeda (died in 2011)
1957 – Shannon Tweed, American model
1958 – Sharon Stone, American actress
1962 – Jasmine Guy, American actress
1963 – Rick Rubin, American record producer
1964 – Neneh Cherry, Swedish singer-songwriter
1971 – Jon Hamm, American actor
1972 – Timbaland, American rapper and producer
1983 – Carrie Underwood, American singer-songwriter

March 10 History

1804 – In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony was conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States, via the Louisiana Purchase.

1906 – An underground fire sparked a massive explosion that virtually destroyed a vast maze of mines in Courrieres, France, that killed over 1,000 workers.

1926Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman, was the first Book-of-the-Month Club selection, published by Viking Press.

March 10, 1937 (fiction) H.P. Lovecraft enables several creatures to escape purgatory, Horror, Lovecraft

1951 – #1 Hit March 10, 1951 – April 20, 1951: Mario Lanza – Be My Love

1955 – A US Patent (#2,704,172) was issued to Aaron S. Lapin for his invention of “Dispensing Valves for Gas Pressure Containers”. That may sound boring until you find out it was for his Reddi-Wip cream topping.

March 10, 1960 Birthday (fictional) Remus Lupin, Harry Potter

1962 – #1 Hit March 10, 1962 – March 30, 1962: Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby

March 10, 1971 – The Cat in the Hat aired live on CBS

1978The Incredible Hulk premiered on CBS.

1979 – #1 Hit March 10, 1979 – March 23, 1979: Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

1980 – Jean Harris shot and killed Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower.

1983 – MTV broadcasted the video of Michael Jackson’s song Billie Jean for the first time

1997Buffy, The Vampire Slayer premiered on The WB, based on the 1992 movie.

2007 – #1 Hit March 10, 2007 – March 23, 2007: MIMS – This Is Why I’m Hot

March 10, 2016 – Tangled: Before Ever After aired on The Disney Channel

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

In a 500-day period, I could theoretically meet someone, get married, have a baby, and get divorced and I’d still be using the same box of Q-tips.

Frank Welker has voiced the character, Fred Jones, in Scooby-Doo since the show’s conception in 1969.

According to the movie Titanic, if the lookouts weren’t so distracted looking at Rose and Jack smooching on the deck, they would have seen the Iceberg in time to avoid it.

There are Ides in every month, not just March. The Ides are basically the day marking the middle of each month.

TV Quotes… “I know nothing!” (Sgt. Schultz) on “Hogan’s Heroes”

“Donaldism” is the name for Disney fandom particularly focused on comics and cartoons. The the Germans call their society: “D.O.N.A.L.D.” (“Deutsche Organisation nichtkommerzieller Anhänger des lauteren Donaldismus” or the German Organization of Non-commercial Devotees of Pure Donaldism)

The biggest film of 1968: Funny Girl earned ~ $58,500,000

Liechtenstein has won the most Olympic medals per capita of any country, with nearly one medal for every 3,600 inhabitants.

People are more likely to purchase things that are direct multipliers of the final price: “4 Pizzas and 6 Toppings for $24” (4×6=24)

When you’re smiling to the camera, you’re really smiling to someone in the future.

Lenny Bruce – Real Name: Alfred Schweiger

10 cards: 1 decacards

“What do you see when you turn out the light? I can’t tell you but I know it’s mine” #songlyrics

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