March 17 Events in History - March 17 Birthdays - March 17 Deaths
2015 Health care and personal security records of 11 million customers have been stolen from Premera Blue Cross; the health care insurer operates mainly in the U.S. states of Washington and Alaska, but customers in other states may also be affected
2014 Scientists using the BICEP2 telescope identify evidence for cosmic inflation; if confirmed, this evidence will provide support for the Big Bang Theory of the origin of the universe
2014 L'Wren Scott, the 49-year-old model, designer and longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, is found dead in her apartment
2013 Scientists discover that a large amount of bacterial life forms live in the deepest part of the world's oceans, the Mariana Trench, which is about 6.831 miles
2013 The 2012-13 Biathlon World Cup ends, with Martin Fourcade winning men's and Tora Berger winning women's overall World Cup titles
2012 Despite being under house arrest in the United Kingdom, Julian Assange announces his plan to run for the Senate of Australia
2012 An internal investigation is launched by Pope Benedict XVI involving leaks of confidential documents that allege corruption, financial mismanagement and power struggles among senior church officials
2011 Libya's military claims it will stop fighting Sunday to allow the rebels to turn themselves in
2011 St. Patrick's Day parates are celebrated internationally
2010 Acting president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, dissolves the Nigeria's cabinet
2009 Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar, is overthrown. New President, Andry Rajoelina, is appointed by the military
1998 USA Women's Hockey Team beats Canada for 1st Olympic Gold medal
1997 CNN begins spanish broadcasts
1996 "Bus Stop" closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 29 performances
1996 "Getting Away With Murder" opens at Broadhurst New York City for 17 performances
1996 Aravinda De Silva gets 107* and 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory
1996 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
1996 Mike Tyson beat Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain Heavyweight title
1996 Montreal Canadian's 1st game in their new arena
1996 Sri Lanka beat Australia by 7 wickets to win the World Cup
1995 British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record)
1995 Sinn-Fein leader Gerry Adams visits White House
1995 U.S. approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck
1994 "Little More Magic" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 30 performances
1994 Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan, 32 killed
1994 It is announced there is no smoking in Cleveland Indians new ballpark
1993 86 killed by bomb attack in Calcutta
1992 "Death and the Maiden" opens at Brooks Atkinson New York City for 159 performances
1992 18th People's Choice Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire
1992 28 killed in truck bombing of Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Islamic Jihad
1992 De Klerk wins a white only referendum
1992 Russian manned space craft TM-14, launches into orbit
1991 9 of 15 Soviet reps officially approve new union treaty
1991 Irish Lesbians and Gays march in St. Patrick Day parade
1991 John Robin Baitz' "Substance of Fire," premieres in New York City
1991 New Jersey raises turnpike tolls 70%
1991 Penny Hammel wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International
1990 PBA National Championship Won by Jim Pencak
1989 "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater New York City for 44 performances
1989 Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
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 in the war
1987 IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3
1987 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 vs. Pak
1986 Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF
1985 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
1985 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
1983 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy
1983 9th People's Choice Awards
1982 4 Dutch TV crew members shot dead in El Salvador
1981 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
1979 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk and G Karponosov U.S.S.R.
1979 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia and R Gardner USA
1979 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (U.S.S.R.)
1979 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne
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
1977 Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877
1976 Malikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.76)
1976 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 Valeri Muratov skates world record 1000m (1:16.92)
1974 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Bing Crosby Golf Classic International
1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge
1973 St. Patrick Day marchers carry 14 coffins commemorating Bloody Sunday
1972 Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
1970 Peter O'Malley becomes CEO of Los Angeles Dodgers
1970 U.S. casts their 1st United Nations Security Council veto (Support England)
1969 Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th PM
1969 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open
1968 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington D.C. by U.S. and 6 European nations
1968 Kathie Whitworth wins LPGA St. Petersburg Orange Blossom Golf Open
1966 South Africa government bans Defense and Aid Fund
1966 U.S. submarine locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean
1965 Beatles announce their film is named "8 Arms to Hold on to You" (Help)
1963 Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game
1963 Elizabeth Ann Seton of New York beatified (canonized in 1975)
1963 Eruptions of Mount Agung Bali, kills 1,900 Balinese
1961 New York DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players
1961 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
1960 Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
1960 WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
1959 Australia and U.S.S.R. restore diplomatic relations
1959 Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
1958 Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd U.S.), measures Earth shape
1957 Dutch ban on Sunday driving lifted
1957 Ramon Magsaysay, president of Philipines dies in a plane crash
1956 8th Emmy Awards: Ed Sullivan Show, Phil Silvers Show and Lucy Ball
1955 Maurice "Rocket" Richard suspended, sparks 7 hour riot in Montreal
1953 Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St. Louis Browns for $2,475M
1953 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1953 WBAY TV channel 2 in Green Bay, Wisconsin (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 WWLP TV channel 22 in Springfield, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1951 Government of Drees takes power
1951 Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England vs. New Zealand Christchurch
1950 Belgian government of Eyskens resigns
1950 Element 98 (Californium) announced
1945 Allied ships bomb North-Sumatra
1944 Actor Charlton Heston weds Lydia Clarke
1943 Aldemarin (Ned) and Fort Cedar Lake (U.S.) torpedoed and sinks
1943 F. Hugh Herbert's "Kiss and Tell," premieres in New York City
1942 Belzec Concentration Camp opens-30,000 Lublin Polish Jews transported
1942 General Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander
1941 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. opens
1935 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa call sign is given to KWCR
1934 Dollfuss, Mussolini and Gombos sign Donau Pact (protocols of Rome)
1932 German police raid Hitler's nazi-headquarter
1931 Stalin throws Krupskaya Lenin out of Central Committee
1929 General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel
1929 Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera closes university of Madrid
1927 U.S. government doesn't sign league of Nations disarmament treaty
1926 Dutch Calvinists oust Reverend J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3
1926 Richard Rodgers and L Hart's musical "Girl Friend," premieres in New York City
1926 Spain and Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations
1924 Eugene O'Neill's "Welded," premieres in New York City
1924 Netherlands and U.S.S.R. begin talks over U.S.S.R. recognition
1924 Sweden and U.S.S.R. exchange diplomats
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)
1919 Dutch steel workers strike for 8 hour day and minimum wages
1918 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Rosemary Beresford
1918 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1917 1st exclusively women's bowling tournament begins in St. Louis
1917 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia abdicates the throne
1912 Camp Fire Girls organization announced by Mrs. Luther Halsey Gulick
1910 DHC soccer team forms in Delft, Netherlands
1908 Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)
1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1906 President Theodore Roosevelt uses term "muckrake"
1906 Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers beat Ottawa Silver 7, although both winning a game, Montreal outscores Ottawa 12-10
1905 Eleanor Roosevelt marries Franklin D. Roosevelt in NY
1902 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, 2 games to 1
1901 Free thinking-Democratic Union forms in Netherlands
1900 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2
1899 Windsor luxury hotel in New York City catches fire, 92 die
1898 1st practical submarine 1st submerges, New York City (for 1 hour 40 minutes)
1897 After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
1894 U.S. and China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering U.S.
1891 British Steamer "Utopia" sinks off Gibraltar killing 574
1886 Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 blacks killed
1884 John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight, Otay, California
1877 Bill Midwinter completes Test Crickets' 1st 5-wkt haul, 5-78 vs. Eng
1876 1st record high jump over 6' (Marshall Jones Brooks)
1876 General Crook destroy Cheyennes and Oglala-Sioux indian camps
1871 National Association of Professional Base-Ball players organized
1870 Mass legislature authorizes incorporation of Wellesley Female Seminary
1868 Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued
1863 Battle of Kelly's Ford, Virginia (211 casualities)
1861 Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed
1860 Japanese embassy arrives aboard Candinmarruh
1854 1st park land purchased by a U.S. city, Worcester, Massachusetts
1847 "Macbeth" opera premieres in Florence
1845 Bristol man, Henry Jones, patents self-raising flour
1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
1842 Indians land in Ohio, a 12 mile area in Upper Sandusky
1836 Texas abolishes slavery
1833 Phoenix Society forms (New York)
1824 England and Netherlands sign a trade agreement
1804 Johann von Schiller's "Wilhelm Tell," premieres
1800 English warship Queen Charlotte catches fire; 700 die
1776 British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War
1766 Britain repeals Stamp Act
1762 1st St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City
1757 Prince Mas Said of Mataram surrenders to Mangkubumi in Java
1756 St. Patrick's Day 1st celebrated in New York City at Crown and Thistle Tavern
1755 Transylvania Land Co. buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief
1753 1st official St. Patrick's Day
1722 Willem K. H. Friso appointed mayor of Drente
1672 England declares war on Netherlands
1658 Pro-Charles II plot in England discovered
1580 Prince Willem of Orange welcomed in Amsterdam
1537 French troops invade Flanders
1526 French king Francois I freed from Spain
1521 Ferdinand Magellan discovers the Philippines
1521 Magelhaes lands on Homohon
1190 Crusades complete massacre of Jews of York England
455 Roman senator Petronius Maximus becomes Emperor
432 St. Patrick, a bishop, is carried off to Ireland as a slave