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March 17 Birthdays

Roger Taney
Pronunciation: [tô´nE]
1777–1864, American jurist, fifth Chief Justice of the United States (1836–64), b. Calvert co., Md., grad. Dickinson College, 1795.

James Bridger
mountain man (1804)

Kate Greenaway
illustrator and watercolorist (1846)

Gloria Swanson
actress (1899)

Bayard Rustin
civil rights activist (1912)

Nat "King" Cole
singer (1919)

Rudolf Nureyev
ballet dancer (1938)

March 17 in History


The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City.


British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.


Wellesley Female Seminary (later Wellesley College) received its charter from the Massachusetts legislature.


Gen. Douglas MacArthur became supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.


Mount Agung on Bali erupted, killing 1,184 people.


Golda Meir was sworn in as prime minister of Israel.


President Bush delivered an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack.

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