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Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, March  17, 2018
AP Highlight in History:
On March 17, according to tradition, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul. Some sources list the year as 461, others say 493.
On this date in:
1776British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.
1905Franklin D. Roosevelt married his distant cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt, in New York City. President Theodore Roosevelt, FDR's fifth cousin, gave his niece away.
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1910The Camp Fire Girls organization was founded in Thetford, Vt.
1941The National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C.
1942Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.
1959The Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India in the wake of a failed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule.
1969Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.
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1993Actress Helen Hayes died at age 92.
2003Edging to the brink of war, President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave his country. Iraq rejected the ultimatum.
2005Baseball players Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa testified before Congress that they hadn't used steroids; Mark McGwire refused to say whether he had.
2008Rock musician Paul McCartney's divorce from Heather Mills was settled for $48.6 million.
2009The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition.
2011The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action to protect civilians and impose a no-fly zone over Libya.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Former NAACP chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams turns 85 years old today.
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Paul KantnerRock musician (Jefferson Airplane/Starship)77
John SebastianRock musician (Lovin' Spoonful)74
Patrick DuffyActor69
Kurt RussellActor67
Lesley-Anne DownActress64
Gary SiniseActor ("CSI: NY")63
Vicki LewisActress58
Billy CorganRock musician (Smashing Pumpkins)51
Mia HammSoccer player46
Marisa CoughlanActress44
Actor Rob Lowe turns 54 years old today.
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