What Happened on March 17


Historical Events

1756 – St. Patrick’s Day is first celebrated in NYC at the Crown and Thistle Tavern
1884 – John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight at Otay, California
1950 – Belgian government of Gaston Eyskens resigns due to constitutional crisis
1990 – Scotland beats England, 13-7 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh for it’s 14th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 3rd Grand Slam title and 10th Triple Crown
1994 – Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan (32 killed)
2013 – 10 people are killed by a car bombing in Basra, Iraq

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Famous Birthdays

1781 – Dominique Jacques de Eerens, Dutch general and politician (Governor-General of Dutch East Indies 1836-40), born in Alkmaar, Dutch Republic (d. 1840)
1934 – Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
1939 – Shahid Mahmoud, Pakistani cricketer (opener scored 16 and 9 in only Pak Test)
1956 – Patrick McDonnell, American cartoonist (Mutts), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
1973 – Caroline Corr, Irish Celtic folk rock singer, drummer, and bodhrán player (The Corrs – “What Can I Do”), born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
1979 – Nicole “Coco” Austin, American glamor model

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Famous Deaths

1516 – Giuliano de’ Medici, ruler of Florence, dies at 37
1967 – Richard Reeves, American character actor (The Adventures of Superman; Date With an Angel), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 54
1970 – Fernand Crommelynck, Belgian playwright (Chaud et Frois), dies at 83
1971 – Ernst Bachmeister, German writer, dies at 96
1982 – Koos Koster, Dutch newscaster (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
2015 – Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), dies at 90

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