Historical Events on 17th March

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45 BC - In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
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
King Charles IIKing Charles II 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)
Engineer John Philip HollandEngineer John Philip Holland 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
Artist and painter Vincent van GoghArtist and painter Vincent van Gogh 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.
Gangster Albert AnastasiaGangster Albert Anastasia 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.
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir LeninMarxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin 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
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin 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
WW2 General Douglas MacArthurWW2 General Douglas MacArthur 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
Ice Hockey Player Maurice RichardIce Hockey Player Maurice Richard 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
7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay 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
NBA Point Guard Bob CousyNBA Point Guard Bob Cousy 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
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II 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
NHL Right Winger Mike BossyNHL Right Winger Mike Bossy 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
Actress Julia RobertsActress Julia Roberts 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
Actress Demi MooreActress Demi Moore 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

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