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Interesting historical events occurring on March 17…

March 16, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012.  289 days left this year…

Here’s what I found interesting that occurred today, 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.

1776 – American RevolutionBritish forces evacuate BostonMassachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.

1780 – American Revolution: George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence”.

1805 – The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.

1941 – In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1942 – Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.

1945 – The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany collapses, ten days after its capture.

1947 – First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.

1950 – Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “Californium“.

1958 – The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.

1960 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

1966 – Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.

1970 – My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.

the gun wire

"Burst of Joy"

1973 – The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.

1985 – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los AngelesCalifornia murder spree.

2008 – Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson becomes New York State governor.


1919 – Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)

1942 – John Wayne Gacy, American serial killer (d. 1994)

1951 – Kurt Russell, American actor

1964 – Rob Lowe, American actor


Nobody I felt compelled to mention…



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