Friday, March 17, 2017
History for March 17 - On-This-Day.com:
Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler 1834 - Engineer, industrialist, invented the high-speed petrol engine, Nat "King" Cole (Nathaniel Adams Coles) 1919 - Singer, musician, John Sebastian 1944 - Singer, songwriter (Lovin' Spoonful)
Kurt Russell 1951 - Actor, Gary Sinise 1955 - Actor ("C.S.I: NY"), Rob Lowe 1964 - Actor
0461 - Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. Ireland celebrates this day in his honor. (More about St. Patrick's Day)
1766 - Britain repealed the Stamp Act that had caused resentment in the North American colonies.
1942 - Douglas MacArthur became the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in the Southwestern Pacific.
1958 - The Vanguard 1 satellite was launched by the U.S.
1959 - The Dalai Lama (Lhama Dhondrub, Tenzin Gyatso) fled Tibet and went to India.
1969 - Golda Meir was sworn in as the fourth premier of Israel.
1973 - The first American prisoners of war (POWs) were released from the "Hanoi Hilton" in Hanoi, North Vietnam.
1989 - A series of solar flares caused a violent magnetic storm that brought power outages over large regions of Canada.