Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17: On This Day in History

On This Day in History

March 17, 2017

 Historical Events

432  Saint Patrick, aged about 16 is captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland (traditional date)

1521  Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines

1861  Italy is unified into a single kingdom under Victor Emmanuel II following the campaigns led by Giuseppe Garibaldi

1901  At a show in Paris 71 Vincent van Gogh paintings cause a sensation, 11 years after his death

1939  Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.

1942  Bełżec Concentration Camp opens with the transport of 30,000 Lublin Polish Jews

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Famous Birthdays

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Famous Deaths


Marcus Aurelius

(121 - 180)

Ramon Magsaysay

(1907 - 1957)
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March 17th: Nat King Cole's Struggle With Racism


Sure, he had unique talent and a golden voice, but as Nat King Cole, born on this day, was to discover, that wasn't enough for American racists.
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