Lanterns: This Day in History - March 17


This Day in History - March 17

March 17

180 – Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius dies

432 – A young Saint Patrick is captured by Irish pirates at his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland

461 – Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies

1762 – The first parade honoring the Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is held by Irish soldiers in New York City

1766 – Britain repeals the Stamp Act

1776 – Britain evacuates Boston to Nova Scotia

1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte reaches the Mediterranean seaport of St. Jean d’Acra but finds British warships ready to break his siege of the town

1804 – Future mountain man Jim Bridger is born

1828 – Confederate general Patrick Cleburne is born

1832 – US clergyman, author and abolitionist Daniel Conway Moncure is born

1834 – Auto pioneer Gottlieb Daimler is born

1846 – Painter and illustrator Kate Greenway is born

1861 – Italy is unified under Victor Emmanuel II

1863 – Union cavalry attack Confederate cavalry at Kelly’s Ford, Virginia

1868 – The first postage stamp canceling machine patent is issued

1870 – Wellesley Female Seminary, later to become Wellesley College, receives its charter

1883 – Romanian author and judge Urmuz is born

1884 – John Joseph Montgomery makes the first glider flight in Otay, California

1886 – Twenty blacks are killed in the Carrollton Massacre in Mississippi

1891 – The British steamer Utopia sinks off the coast of Gibraltar

1894 – Future Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist, Paul Green, is born

1901 – Vincent van Gogh’s paintings are shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris, leading to worldwide acclaim

1902 – Golfer Bobby Jones is born

1905 – President Theodore Roosevelt’s niece, Anna, marries Franklin Roosevelt

1906 – An earthquake in Taiwan kills more than 1,200 and causes millions in damages

1910 – The Camp Fire Girls are founded in Maine

1914 – Russia increases the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,00

1917 – The French government undergoes a leadership transition at an inopportune time, in the midst of Allied plans for a major offensive on the Western Front

1919 – Jazz pianist and singer Nat “King” Cole is born

1924 – Four Douglas army aircraft leave Los Angeles for an around the world flight

1930 – Mob boss Al Capone is released from jail

1939 – The Battle of Nanchang between Kuomintang and the Japanese occurs in the Sino-Japanese War

1940 – Dr. Fritz Todt is appointed Minister for Weapons and Munitions in Germany

1941 –President Franklin Roosevelt opens the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

1942 – The Nazis begin deporting some 30,000 Jews to the Belsen camp

1942 – General Douglas MacArthur becomes the supreme commander of Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific theater

1944 – The US Eighth Air Force bombs Vienna

1948 – Author William Gibson is born

1956 – Comedian, actor and radio host Fred Allen dies

1959 – The 14th Dalai Lama flees Tibet and goes to India

1961 – The US increases military aid and technicians to Laos

1962 – The Soviet Union asks the US to pull out of South Vietnam

1963 – Mount Agung in Bali erupts, killing 1,184

1964 – The National Security Council reviews the situation in Vietnam and decides to increase economic and military support to the South Vietnamese

1966 – A US sub locates a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean

1967 – Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Billy Corgan is born

1969 – Golda Meir is sworn in as Prime Minister of Israel

1970 – The Army charges 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case

1972 – President Nixon asks Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation

1973 – Twenty are killed in Cambodia by a bomb meant for Cambodian President Lon Nol

1973 – First POWs are released from Hanoi, North Vietnam

1985 – President Ronald Reagan agrees to joint study with Canada on acid rain

1990 – Lithuania rejects a Soviet demand to renounce its independence

1992 – White South Africans approve constitutional reforms giving legal equality to blacks

2000 – Actress Julia Roberts becomes the first to command $20 million per movie with the releasing of Erin Brockovich

 2003 – President George W Bush orders Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack

2005 – Historian and US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, George F Kennan dies

2006 – Fashion designer Oleg Cassini dies

2011 – Former animal research assistant at Yale University, Raymond Clark III pleads guilty to murder and attempted sexual assault of Annie Le, graduate student of Yale. Le’s strangled body was found behind a wall in the university research building. Clark was sentenced to 44 years in prison

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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