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1917Albert Anastasia is convicted of murdering longshoreman George Turino

199218th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Candice Bergen win (TV)

1942Gen Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander

1908Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1932German police raid Hitler's Nazi headquarter

199319th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV)

1969Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open

1973Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

1898John Philip Holland achieves successful test runs of the first modern submarine off Staten Island

1963Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game

1658Pro-Charles II plot in England discovered

1931Stalin throws Krupskaya Lenin out of Central Committee

1955After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

1521Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines

1901A showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation.

1921Lenin proclaims New Economic Politics

1934Dollfuss, Mussolini & Gombos sign Donau Pact (protocols of Rome)

198370th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

March 17th Historical Events
Date Event
45
In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda. 
BC
AD
432
St Patrick aged 16 is carried off to Ireland as a slave (traditional date) 
455
Roman senator Petronius Maximus becomes Emperor 
1190
Crusades complete massacre of Jews of York England 
1337
Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy made in England. 
1521
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines 
1526
French King Francois I freed from Spain 
1537
French troops invade Flanders 
1580
Prince Willem of Orange welcomed in Amsterdam 
1658
Pro-Charles II plot in England discovered 
1672
England declares war on Netherlands 
1722
Willem KH Friso appointed mayor of Drente 
1753
1st official St Patrick's Day 
1755
Transylvania Land Company buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief 
1756
St Patrick's Day 1st celebrated in NYC at Crown & Thistle Tavern 
1757
Prince Mas Saïd of Mataram surrenders to Mangkubumi in Java 
1762
1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC 
1766
Britain repeals the Stamp Act 
1776
British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War 
1800
British warship Queen Charlotte catches fire; 700 die 
1804
Friedrich Schiller's play "Wilhelm Tell" premieres 
1824
Britain & Netherlands sign a trade agreement 
1833
Phoenix Society forms (NY) 
1836
Texas abolishes slavery 
1842
Indians land in Ohio, a 12 square 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 US city, Worcester, Mass 
1860
Japanese embassy arrives aboard Candinmarruh [sic] 
1861
Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed 
1863
Battle of Kelly's Ford, VA (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
Gen Crook destroy Cheyennes & Oglala-Sioux indian camps 
1877
Bill Midwinter completes Test Crickets' 1st 5-wkt haul, 5-78 v Eng 
1884
John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight, Otay, Calif 
1886
Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 African Americans killed 
1891
British Steamer "Utopia" sinks off Gibraltar killing 574 
1894
US & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering US 
1897
Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title 
1898
1st practical submarine 1st submerges, NYC (for 1 hour 40 minutes) 
1898
John Philip Holland achieves successful test runs of the first modern submarine off Staten Island 
1899
Windsor luxury hotel in NYC catches fire, 92 die 
1900
Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2 
1900
In South Africa, British troops relieve Mafeking, besieged by the Boers since 13 October, 1899. 
1901
Free thinking-Democratic Union forms in Netherlands 
1901
A showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation. 
1902
Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, 2 games to 1 
1906
Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers beat Ottawa Silver 7, although both winning a game, Montreal outscores Ottawa 12-10 
1906
The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 
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 Neth 
1912
Camp Fire Girls organization announced by Mrs Luther Halsey Gulick 
1913
The Uruguayan Air Force is founded. 
1917
1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St Louis 
1917
Delta Phi Epsilon is founded at New York University Law School. 
1917
Albert Anastasia is convicted of murdering longshoreman George Turino 
1918
US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Rosemary Beresford 
1918
US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles 
1919
Dutch steel workers strike for 8 hr day & 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) 
1921
The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution. 
1924
Eugene O'Neill's "Welded" premieres in NYC 
1924
Netherlands & USSR begin talks over USSR recognition 
1924
Sweden & USSR exchange diplomats 
1926
Dutch Calvinists oust Rev J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3 
1926
Richard Rodgers & L Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC 
1926
Spain & Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations 
1927
US 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 & Gombos sign Donau Pact (protocols of Rome) 
1935
KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa call sign is given to KWCR 
1939
Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out. 
1942
Belzec Concentration Camp opens-30,000 Lublin Polish Jews transported 
1942
Gen Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander 
1943
Aldemarin (Ned) & Fort Cedar Lake (US) torpedoed & sinks 
1943
F Hugh Herbert's "Kiss & Tell" premieres in NYC 
1943
Physician Willem J Kolff performs the world's first 'hemodialysis' using his artificial kidney machine, however the treatment is unsuccessful and the patient dies, the Netherlands 
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 v NZ Christchurch 
1953
Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St Louis Browns for $2,475M 
1953
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1953
WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1953
WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1955
After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city. 
1956
8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win 
1957
Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted 
1957
Presidential plane crashes on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines killing 25 including Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay 
1958
Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape 
1959
Australia & USSR 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
NY 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 NY 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 & Aid Fund 
1966
US sub locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean 
1968
2-tiered gold price negotiated in Wash DC by US & 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 LA Dodgers 
1970
US casts their 1st UN Security Council veto (Support England) 
1972
Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK 
1973
Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge 
1973
St Patrick's 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
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1976
4 Catholic civilians (including 2 children) are killed and twelve wounded when the Ulster Volunteer Force explode a car bomb at Hillcrest Bar, Dungannon 
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 & G Karponosov USSR 
1979
Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA 
1979
Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR) 
1979
Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne 
1979
The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers 
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 
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 v Pak 
1988
"Les Miserables," opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo 
1988
Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115 
1988
Iran says Iraq uses poison gas 
1989
"Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC 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 & Gays march in St Patrick Day parade 
1991
John Robin Baitz' "Substance of Fire" premieres in NYC 
1991
NJ raises turnpike tolls 70% 
1991
Penny Hammel wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International 
1992
"Death & the Maiden" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 159 perfs 
1992
18th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Candice Bergen win (TV) 
1992
28 killed in truck bombing of Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Arg 
1992
De Klerk wins a white only referendum 
1992
Islamic Jihad truck bombs Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires killing 29 
1992
Russian manned space craft TM-14, launches into orbit 
1993
19th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV) 
1993
86 killed by bomb attack in Calcutta 
1994
"Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 30 performances 
1994
Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan (32 killed) 
1994
It is announced there is no smoking in Cleve Indians new ballpark 
1995
British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record) 
1995
Sinn-Fein leader Gerry Adams visits White House 
1995
USt approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co 
1996
"Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 29 performances 
1996
"Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 17 perfs 
1996
Aravinda De Silva gets 107* & 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory 
1996
Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship 
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 
2000
The 800+ deaths of members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult. 
2003
British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq. 
2004
Unrest in Kosovo results in more than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis. 
2008
New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson becomes acting New York State governor. 
2012
Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur 
2012
Wales defeat France to record their eleventh Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship 
2012
John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91 
2013
10 people are killed by a car bombing in Basra, Iraq 
2013
Toyo Ito wins the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize 
2013
Pope Francis delivers his first Angelus prayer and blessing 
2014
The Republic of Crimea is declared 
2016
Trump predicts 'riots' if Republicans deny him the nomination 
2016
Obama to Lay Out Vision for Cuba in Historic Havana Speech 
2017
New York City EMT Is Killed in Ambulance Theft in the Bronx 
2017
Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump 
2017
Senate intelligence panel rejects Trump wiretap claim 
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