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Events and People Who Made History on March 17

5th Century

432 - St. Patrick, a bishop, is carried off to Ireland as a slave
455 - Roman senator Petronius Maximus becomes Emperor

12th Century

1190 - Crusades complete massacre of Jews of York England

16th Century

1521 - Ferdinand Magellan discovers the Philippines
1521 - Magelhaes lands on Homohon
1526 - French king Francois I freed from Spain
1537 - French troops invade Flanders
1580 - Prince Willem of Orange welcomed in Amsterdam

17th Century

1658 - Pro-Charles II plot in England discovered
1672 - England declares war on Netherlands

18th Century

1722 - Willem K. H. Friso appointed mayor of Drente
1753 - 1st official St. Patrick's Day
1755 - Transylvania Land Co. buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief
1756 - St. Patrick's Day 1st celebrated in New York City at Crown and Thistle Tavern
1757 - Prince Mas Said of Mataram surrenders to Mangkubumi in Java
1762 - 1st St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City
1766 - Britain repeals Stamp Act
1776 - British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War

19th Century

1800 - English warship Queen Charlotte catches fire; 700 die
1804 - Johann von Schiller's "Wilhelm Tell," premieres
1824 - England and Netherlands sign a trade agreement
1833 - Phoenix Society forms (New York)
1836 - Texas abolishes slavery
1842 - Indians land in Ohio, a 12 mile area in Upper Sandusky
1845 - Bristol man, Henry Jones, patents self-raising flour
1845 - Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
1847 - "Macbeth" opera premieres in Florence
1854 - 1st park land purchased by a U.S. city, Worcester, Massachusetts
1860 - Japanese embassy arrives aboard Candinmarruh
1861 - Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed
1863 - Battle of Kelly's Ford, Virginia (211 casualities)
1868 - Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued
1870 - Mass legislature authorizes incorporation of Wellesley Female Seminary
1871 - National Association of Professional Base-Ball players organized
1876 - 1st record high jump over 6' (Marshall Jones Brooks)
1876 - General Crook destroy Cheyennes and Oglala-Sioux indian camps
1877 - Bill Midwinter completes Test Crickets' 1st 5-wkt haul, 5-78 vs. Eng
1884 - John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight, Otay, California
1886 - Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 blacks killed
1891 - British Steamer "Utopia" sinks off Gibraltar killing 574
1894 - U.S. and China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering U.S.
1897 - After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
1898 - 1st practical submarine 1st submerges, New York City (for 1 hour 40 minutes)
1899 - Windsor luxury hotel in New York City catches fire, 92 die

20th Century

1900 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2
1901 - Free thinking-Democratic Union forms in Netherlands
1902 - Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, 2 games to 1
1905 - Eleanor Roosevelt marries Franklin D. Roosevelt in NY
1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt uses term "muckrake"
1906 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers beat Ottawa Silver 7, although both winning a game, Montreal outscores Ottawa 12-10
1908 - Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)
1908 - Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1910 - DHC soccer team forms in Delft, Netherlands
1912 - Camp Fire Girls organization announced by Mrs. Luther Halsey Gulick
1917 - 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St. Louis
1917 - Tsar Nicolas II of Russia abdicates the throne
1918 - U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Rosemary Beresford
1918 - U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1919 - Dutch steel workers strike for 8 hour day and minimum wages
1921 - Dr. Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
1921 - Lenin proclaims New Economic Politics
1921 - Sailors revolt in Kronstadt (thousands die)
1924 - Eugene O'Neill's "Welded," premieres in New York City
1924 - Netherlands and U.S.S.R. begin talks over U.S.S.R. recognition
1924 - Sweden and U.S.S.R. exchange diplomats
1926 - Dutch Calvinists oust Reverend J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3
1926 - Richard Rodgers and L Hart's musical "Girl Friend," premieres in New York City
1926 - Spain and Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations
1927 - U.S. government doesn't sign league of Nations disarmament treaty
1929 - General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel
1929 - Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera closes university of Madrid
1931 - Stalin throws Krupskaya Lenin out of Central Committee
1932 - German police raid Hitler's nazi-headquarter
1934 - Dollfuss, Mussolini and Gombos sign Donau Pact (protocols of Rome)
1935 - KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa call sign is given to KWCR
1941 - National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. opens
1942 - Belzec Concentration Camp opens-30,000 Lublin Polish Jews transported
1942 - General Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander
1943 - Aldemarin (Ned) and Fort Cedar Lake (U.S.) torpedoed and sinks
1943 - F. Hugh Herbert's "Kiss and Tell," premieres in New York City
1944 - Actor Charlton Heston weds Lydia Clarke
1945 - Allied ships bomb North-Sumatra
1950 - Belgian government of Eyskens resigns
1950 - Element 98 (Californium) announced
1951 - Government of Drees takes power
1951 - Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England vs. New Zealand Christchurch
1953 - Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St. Louis Browns for $2,475M
1953 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1953 - WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, Wisconsin (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 - WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1955 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard suspended, sparks 7 hour riot in Montreal
1956 - 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show and Lucy Ball
1957 - Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted
1957 - Ramon Magsaysay, president of Philipines dies in a plane crash
1958 - Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd U.S.), measures Earth shape
1959 - Australia and U.S.S.R. restore diplomatic relations
1959 - Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
1960 - Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
1960 - WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
1961 - New York DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players
1961 - South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
1963 - Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game
1963 - Elizabeth Ann Seton of New York beatified (canonized in 1975)
1963 - Eruptions of Mount Agung Bali, kills 1,900 Balinese
1965 - Beatles announce their film is named "8 Arms to Hold on to You" (Help)
1966 - South Africa government bans Defense and Aid Fund
1966 - U.S. submarine locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean
1968 - 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington D.C. by U.S. and 6 European nations
1968 - Kathie Whitworth wins LPGA St. Petersburg Orange Blossom Golf Open
1969 - Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th PM
1969 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open
1970 - Peter O'Malley becomes CEO of Los Angeles Dodgers
1970 - U.S. casts their 1st United Nations Security Council veto (Support England)
1972 - Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
1973 - Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge
1973 - St. Patrick Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday
1974 - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Bing Crosby Golf Classic International
1975 - Valeri Muratov skates world record 1000m (1:16.92)
1976 - Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
1976 - Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried
1976 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 - Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877
1978 - Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
1978 - Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre," premieres in Stockholm
1978 - Reds don green uniforms for St. Patricks Day
1979 - Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk and G Karponosov U.S.S.R.
1979 - Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia and R Gardner USA
1979 - Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (U.S.S.R.)
1979 - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne
1981 - FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
1982 - 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
1983 - 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy
1983 - 9th People's Choice Awards
1985 - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
1985 - Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
1986 - Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
1987 - IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3
1987 - Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 vs. Pak
1988 - Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
1988 - Iran says Iraq uses poison gas in the war
1988 - "Les Miserables," opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo
1989 - "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater New York City for 44 performances
1989 - Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
1990 - PBA National Championship Won by Jim Pencak
1991 - 9 of 15 Soviet reps officially approve new union treaty
1991 - Irish Lesbians and Gays march in St. Patrick Day parade
1991 - John Robin Baitz' "Substance of Fire," premieres in New York City
1991 - New Jersey raises turnpike tolls 70%
1991 - Penny Hammel wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International
1992 - 18th People's Choice Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire
1992 - 28 killed in truck bombing of Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Islamic Jihad
1992 - De Klerk wins a white only referendum
1992 - "Death and the Maiden" opens at Brooks Atkinson New York City for 159 performances
1992 - Russian manned space craft TM-14, launches into orbit
1993 - 86 killed by bomb attack in Calcutta
1994 - Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan, 32 killed
1994 - It is announced there is no smoking in Cleveland Indians new ballpark
1994 - "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 30 performances
1995 - British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record)
1995 - Sinn-Fein leader Gerry Adams visits White House
1995 - U.S. approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck
1996 - Aravinda De Silva gets 107* and 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory
1996 - "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 29 performances
1996 - "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst New York City for 17 performances
1996 - Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
1996 - Mike Tyson beat Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain Heavyweight title
1996 - Montreal Canadian's 1st game in their new arena
1996 - Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
1997 - CNN begins spanish broadcasts
1998 - USA Women's Hockey Team beats Canada for 1st Olympic Gold medal

21st Century

2009 - Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar, is overthrown. New President, Andry Rajoelina, is appointed by the military


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