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March 17 Historical Events

The following events took place on March 17. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 44 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 45 BC
    In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
  • 180
    Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • 455
    Petronius Maximus becomes, with support of the Roman Senate, emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
  • 624
    Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
  • 1001
    The King of Butuan in the Philippines sends a tributary mission to the Song dynasty of China.
  • 1337
    Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
  • 1452
    The Battle of Los Alporchones is fought in the context of the Spanish Reconquista between the Emirate of Granada and the combined forces of the Kingdom of Castile and Murcia resulting in a Christian victory.
  • 1560
    Fort Coligny on Villegagnon Island in Rio de Janeiro is attacked and destroyed during the Portuguese campaign against France Antarctique.
  • 1677
    The Siege of Valenciennes, during the Franco-Dutch War, ends with France’s taking of the city.
  • 1776
    American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
  • 1780
    American Revolution: George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence”.
  • 1805
    The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
  • 1842
    The Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is formed;
  • 1860
    The First Taranaki War begins in Taranaki, New Zealand, a major phase of the New Zealand land wars.
  • 1861
    The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed.
  • 1891
    SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.
  • 1921
    The Second Polish Republic adopts the March Constitution.
  • 1939
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and Japan begins,
  • 1941
    In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.
  • 1945
    The Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany, collapses, ten days after its capture.
  • 1947
    First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
  • 1948
    The Benelux, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
  • 1950
    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name “californium”.
  • 1957
    A plane crash in Cebu, Philippines kills Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
  • 1958
    The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  • 1959
    Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.
  • 1960
    U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
  • 1963
    Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing more than 1,100 people.
  • 1966
    Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.

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