This Day in Pop Culture for March 10

1997: Buffy Slays Some Vampires

Five years after the 1992 film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer became a TV series which debuted on The WB network on this day in 1997. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, this show followed the adventures of Buffy and her friends as they battled various creatures and “forces of darkness.” The show also starred Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head, David Boreanaz and Seth Green. Just like the movie which inspired it, the Buffy TV series was created by Joss Whedon who also served as executive producer and showrunner. Ratings for the show were pretty good for a network that wasn’t part of the “big four”. It ran for five years on The WB and two more on UPN ending on May 20, 2003. A spin-off series, Angel, which starred Boreanaz, ran for five seasons from 1999-2004. (Image: The WB)

Alexander Graham Bell

1876: Speech is Transmitted by Telephone

Teenage girls in the late 1800’s had no idea what would be in store for them in the future. On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first speech given over a telephone system. It wasn’t a very exciting piece of gossip though. He called his assistant in another room saying “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.” Bell wasn’t the only one working on a phone at the time. Another inventor, Elisha Gray filed for a patent on his similar device, but Bell filed first, so he was awarded the patent and all the glory. The following year he created the Bell Telephone Company, which later became led by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) and later yet, became one of the largest corporations in the world.

Movies Released

  • 65 (2023)
  • Big Time Movie (2012)
  • Brimstone (2017)
  • Chang Can Dunk (2023)
  • Failure to Launch
  • (2006)
  • Kong: Skull Island (2017)
  • Muriel’s Wedding (1995)
  • Remember Me (2010)
  • Scream 6 (2023)

TV Series Debuts

  • Buddy vs. Duff (2019)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
  • Bust Down (2022)
  • Now Apocalypse (2019)
  • Tangled: The Series (2017)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1940: Chuck Norris (actor)
  • 1958: Sharon Stone (actress)
  • 1969: Paget Brewster (actress)
  • 1971: Jon Hamm (actor)
  • 1977: Robin Thicke (singer)
  • 1983: Carrie Underwood (singer)
  • 1984: Olivia Wilde (actress)
  • 1994: Bad Bunny (rapper)
  • 1999: Logan Shroyer (actor)

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