On This Day

On This Day in History for March 17 (Part 2)

Events in History


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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
  • 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
  • 1978 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • 1978 Reds don green uniforms for St Patricks Day
  • 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 in Berwickshire, Scotland, collapses during engineering works, killing two workers
  • 1982 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
  • 1986 Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
  • 1987 IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3

  • 1988 Iran says Iraq uses poison gas
  • 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%

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

1992 South African President F. W. de Klerk wins a white only referendum

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1992 Islamic Jihad car bombing of Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 29 [1]
  • 1992 Russian manned space craft TM-14, launches into orbit
  • 1992 South African referendum of white voters on an end to apartheid, over two-thirds vote for an end to the system
  • 1993 86 killed by bomb attack in Calcutta
  • 1994 Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan (32 killed)
  • 1995 British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record)
  • 1995 Sinn-Fein leader Gerry Adams visits White House
  • 1995 US approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co
  • 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.
  • 2008 The popular online game for children, Fantage, is launched
  • 2012 MESSENGER spacecraft begins its extended mission
  • 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

  • 2014 The Republic of Crimea is declared

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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

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff
  • 2016 Archaeologists announce the discovery of an 2,500 year old iron age warrior king burial ground, with 75 graves in Pocklington, Northern England
  • 2018 China's National People's Congress appoints Wang Qishan as vice-president
  • 2018 Africa's only female head of state, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim confirms she is resigning amid an expenses scandal
  • 2019 Zimbabwe declares a state of emergency after Cyclone Idai tears through eastern Zimbabwe killing at least 259
  • 2019 Flash flooding and a landslides kills at least 73 and injures about 60 in Sentani and Jayapura, Papua, eastern Indonesia
  • 2019 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces her presidential bid

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2019 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives in the US for face-to-face meetings with Donald Trump

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2020 European Union announces a 30-day ban on entering its 26 countries for almost all travelers as it struggles to contain COVID-19
  • 2020 Chad begins repaying a $100 million debt to Angola with cattle, as more than 1,000 cows arrive in Luanda
  • 2020 UEFA announces the postponement of its flagship national team football competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June / July due to the COVID-19 emergency

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