Today in History: March 17

Today in History: March 17

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1766

Britain repeals the Stamp Act.

1776

British forces evacuate from Boston to Nova Scotia.

1799

Napoleon Bonaparte and his army reach 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 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

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 the Cambodian President Lon Nol.

1973

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.