Texarkana Gazette

Today in History


Today is Friday, March 17, the 76th day of 2023. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day.

Today’s highlight in history:

On March 17, 1969, Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.

On this date:

■ In 1762, New York held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade.

■ In 1776, the Revolution­ary War Siege of Boston ended as British forces evacuated the city.

■ In 1941, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C.

■ In 1942, six days after departing the Philippine­s during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater.

■ In 1950, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a new radioactiv­e element, “californiu­m.”

■ In 1966, a U.S. Navy midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb that had fallen from a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber into the Mediterran­ean off Spain. (It took several more weeks to actually recover the bomb.)

■ In 1970, the United States cast its first veto in the U.N. Security Council, killing a resolution that would have condemned Britain for failing to use force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.

■ In 2003, edging to the brink of war, President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave his country. Iraq rejected Bush’s ultimatum, saying that a U.S. attack to force Saddam from power would be “a grave mistake.”

■ In 2010, Michael Jordan became the first ex-player to become a majority owner in the NBA as the league’s Board of Governors unanimousl­y approved Jordan’s $275 million bid to buy the Charlotte Bobcats from Bob Johnson.

■ In 2016, finally bowing to years of public pressure, SeaWorld Entertainm­ent said it would no longer breed killer whales or make them perform crowd-pleasing tricks.

■ In 2020, the Kentucky Derby and the French Open were each postponed from May to September because of the coronaviru­s.

Ten years ago: Two members of Steubenvil­le, Ohio’s celebrated high school football team were found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl and sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison in a case that rocked the Rust Belt city of 18,000.

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