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Today in History: March 17

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Today in History
March 17

1766   Britain repeals the Stamp Act.
1776   British forces evacuate the city of Boston after a prolonged siege. Under the orders of General George Washington, Boston was besieged for nearly a year by artillery fire. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1799   Napoleon Bonaparte and his army reach the Mediterranean seaport of St. Jean d’Acra, only to find British warships ready to break his siege of the town.
1868   The first postage stamp canceling machine patent is issued.
1884   John Joseph Montgomery makes the first glider flight in Otay, Calif.
1886   Twenty African-Americans are killed in the Carrollton Massacre in Mississippi.
1891   The British steamer Utopia sinks off the coast of Gibraltar.
1905   Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, marries Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York.
1910   The Camp Fire Girls are founded in Lake Sebago, Maine.
1914   Russia increases the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
1924   Four Douglas army aircraft leave Los Angeles for an around-the-world flight.
1930   Mob boss Al Capone is released from jail.
1942   The Nazis begin deporting Jews to the Belsen camp.
1944   The U.S. Eighth Air Force bombs Vienna.
1959   The 14th Dalai Lama flees Tibet and goes to India.
1961   The United States increases military aid and sends more technicians to Laos.
1962   The Soviet Union asks the United States to pull out of South Vietnam.
1966   A U.S. submarine locates a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean.
1970   The Army charges 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case.
1972   President Nixon asks Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.
1973   Twenty are killed in Cambodia when a bomb goes off that was meant for Cambodian President Lon Nol.
1973   The first POWs are released from the “Hanoi Hilton” in Hanoi, North Vietnam.
1985   President Ronald Reagan agrees to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.
1992   White South Africans approve constitutional reforms giving legal equality to blacks.
Born on March 17
1828   Patrick R. Cleburne, Confederate general.
1832   Daniel Conway Moncure, U.S. clergyman, author, abolitionist
1846   Kate Greenway, painter and illustrator (Mother Goose).
1902   Bobby Jones, American golfer.
1919   Nat “King” Cole, American jazz pianist and singer.