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On March 17th, A.D. 461, according
to tradition, St. Patrick -- the patron saint of
Ireland -- died in Saul.
On this date:
In 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during
the Revolutionary War.
Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin D.
Roosevelt in New York.
In 1906, President
Theodore Roosevelt used the term
"muckrake" in a speech to the Gridiron
Club in Washington.
In 1910, the Camp
Fire Girls organization was formed. (It was
formally presented to the public on this day two
In 1941, the
National Gallery of Art opened in Washington DC.
In 1942, General
Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become
supreme commander of Allied forces in the
southwest Pacific theater during World War Two.
scientists at the University of California at
Berkeley announced they had created a new
radioactive element, "californium."
In 1966, a US
midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb
which had fallen from an American bomber into the
Mediterranean off Spain.
In 1969, Golda
Meir became prime minister of Israel.
In 1970, the
United States cast its first veto in the UN
Security Council. (The US killed a resolution
that would have condemned Britain for failure to
use force to overthrow the white-ruled government
Ten years ago: The
president of Lithuania (Vytautas Landsbergis)
rejected a deadline set by Moscow for renouncing
the republic's independence.
Five years ago:
The White House hosted a St. Patrick's Day
reception for Irish Prime Minister John Bruton
which was attended by Sinn Fein (shin fayn)
leader Gerry Adams. The federal government
approved the nation's first chicken pox vaccine,
"Varivax." Flor Contemplacion, a
Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for
murder, despite international pleas to spare her.
One year ago: A
panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana
has medical benefits for people suffering from
cancer and AIDS. The International Olympic
Committee expelled six of its members, but backed
president Juan Antonio Samaranch, in the wake of
a bribery scandal. Instant replay was voted back
in the N-F-L for the 1999 season.
"It is my rule never
to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to
Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (1880-1964).