March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in leap years). There are 289 days remaining.

  1. 45 BC - In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
  2. 624 - A key victory by Muhammad over his Meccan adversaries in the Battle of Badr.
  3. 1103 - Birth of noted Song Dynasty general Yue Fei.
  4. 1577 - The Cathay Company is formed to send Martin Frobisher back to the New World for more gold.
  5. 1673 - Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet begin their exploration of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river.
  6. 1756 - St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern).
  7. 1776 - American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery overlooking the city.
  8. 1805 - The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  9. 1845 - The rubber band is invented
  10. 1861 - The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed.
  11. 1886 - Carrollton Massacre: 20 African Americans are killed in Mississippi.
  12. 1891 - The British steamship SS Utopia sinks off the coast of Gibraltar, killing 574.
  13. 1901 - A showing of 71 Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation.
  14. 1906 - The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
  15. 1910 - Luther Gulick and his wife Charlotte found Camp Fire Girls (now Camp Fire USA) (formally announced in 1912).
  16. 1917 - Delta Phi Epsilon was founded at New York University Law School.
  17. 1921 - The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
  18. 1931 - Nevada legalizes gambling.
  19. 1931 - First St. Patrick's Day parade held in the Irish Free State, reviewed by Desmond Fitzgerald
  20. 1939 - Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.
  21. 1941 - In Washington, DC, the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  22. 1942 - Holocaust: 1,500 Jews from the Lviv Ghetto (western Ukraine) arrived at Belzec death camp (eastern Poland). Until 30 March 15,000 Jews from Lviv (Ukraine) were deported to face death in Belzec by German Gestapo.
  23. 1948 - Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the NATO Agreement.
  24. 1950 - University of California, Berkeley researchers announce the creation of element 98, which they name "Californium".
  25. 1958 - The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  26. 1959 - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet and travels to India.
  27. 1966 - Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
  28. 1969 - Golda Meir of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, becomes Prime Minister of Israel.
  29. 1969 - The Longhope lifeboat in Scotland is lost, the entire crew of eight die
  30. 1970 - My Lai massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
  31. 1973 - The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, as a former prisoner of war comes home to the United States to reunite with his family.
  32. 1985 - Serial killer Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker", commits his first two murders in Los Angeles, California murder spree.
  33. 1988 - A Colombian Boeing 727 jetliner, Avianca Flight 410, crashes into the side of the mountains near the Venezuelan border killing 143.
  34. 1988 - The Battle of Afabet began.
  35. 1992 - A suicide car-bomb kills 29 and injures 242 at the Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  36. 2003 - British Cabinet Minister, Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for war with Iraq.
  37. 2004 - Massive Unrest in Kosovo. Over 22 killed, 200 wounded, 35 destroyed Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.
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