On This Day in History for March 17

Events in History

  • 45 BC In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda
  • 180 Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius dies leaving his son Commodus aged 18 as sole emperor
  • 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 proclaimed 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
  • 1452 Battle of Los Alporchones: forces of Kingdoms of Castile and Murcia defeat Emirate of Granada near Lorca, part of the Spanish Reconquista
  • 1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines
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Weddings in History

  • 1905 Eleanor Roosevelt (20) marries Franklin D. Roosevelt (23) later 32nd US President in New York, & given away by her uncle, 26th President Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1967 "The Color Purple" novelist Alice Walker (23) weds civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal (23) in New York City; divorce in 1976
  • 2006 Publicist Lizzie Grubman (35) weds Chris Stern in New York

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