Historical Events on 17th March

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

45 BC In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.

Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman Julius Caesar
Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman
Julius Caesar
  • 432 Saint Patrick, aged about 16 is captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland (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.

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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

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1658 Pro-Charles II plot in England discovered

  • 1722 Willem KH Friso appointed mayor of Drente
  • 1755 Transylvania Land Company buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief
  • 1756 St. Patrick's Day is first celebrated in NYC at the 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)
  • 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
  • 1854 1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Mass
  • 1860 Japanese embassy arrives aboard Candinmarruh [sic]

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1861 Italy is unified into a single kingdom under Victor Emmanuel II following the campaigns led by Giuseppe Garibaldi

Unifier of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi
Unifier of Italy
Giuseppe Garibaldi
King of Sardinia and Italy Victor Emmanuel II
King of Sardinia and Italy
Victor Emmanuel II
  • 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 Cricket's 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)

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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

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1901 At a show in Paris 71 Vincent van Gogh paintings cause a sensation, 11 years after his death

  • 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)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1910 DHC soccer team forms in Delft, Netherlands
  • 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.

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1917 Albert Anastasia is convicted of murdering longshoreman George Turino

  • 1918 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Rosemary Beresford
  • 1918 US Men's 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)

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1921 Lenin proclaims New Economic Politics

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 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

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1931 Stalin throws Krupskaya Lenin out of Central Committee

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

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1932 German police raid Hitler's Nazi headquarter

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 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 Bełżec Concentration Camp opens with the transport of 30,000 Lublin Polish Jews

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1942 Gen Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 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 Gaston Eyskens resigns due to constitutional crisis
  • 1950 Element 98 (Californium) announced
  • 1951 Government of Drees takes power
  • 1951 Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England v NZ at 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

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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.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1956 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win
  • 1957 Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted

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1957 Presidential plane crashes on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines killing 25 including Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • 1958 Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape
  • 1959 Australia & USSR restore diplomatic relations

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1960 Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1960 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 One of the 1st French New Wave films "Breathless" directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France
  • 1961 NY DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players
  • 1961 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth

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1963 Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 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's 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

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1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 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

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1983 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
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's 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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1991 44th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Goodfellas" Best Film, Martin Scorsese Best Director

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • 1992 "Death & the Maiden" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 159 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1992 18th People's Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Candice Bergen win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Actor Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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 performances
  • 1996 Aravinda De Silva gets 107* & 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory
  • 1996 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
  • 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.
  • 2001 OPEC decides to cut output by 4% or 1 million barrels per day, effective April 1
  • 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
  • 2013 10 people are killed by a car bombing in Basra, Iraq
  • 2013 Toyo Ito wins the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize

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2013 Pope Francis delivers his first Angelus prayer and blessing

Pope Francis
  • 2013 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Miami beats North Carolina, 87-77
  • 2013 54th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Florida, 66-63
  • 2014 The Republic of Crimea is declared
  • 2016 Brazilian federal judge blocks swearing-in of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as Chief of Staff to President Dilma Rousseff, as part of "Car Wash" controversy
  • 2016 Archaeologists announce discovery of iron age warrior king buriel ground with 75 graves 2,500 years old in Pocklington, Northern England