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BIRTH­DAYS

For­mer astro­naut Ken Mat­tingly is 83. Singer-song­writer Jim Weatherly is 76. Singer-song­writer John Se­bas­tian (The Lovin’ Spoon­ful) is 75. Rock mu­si­cian Harold Brown (War; Lowrider Band) is 73. Ac­tor Pa­trick Duffy is 70. Ac­tor Kurt Russell is 68. Ac­tor Gary Sinise is 64. Ac­tor Rob Lowe is 55. Rock singer Billy Cor­gan is 52. Rock mu­si­cian Melissa Auf der Maur is 47. Olympic gold medal soccer player Mia Hamm is 47. Rock mu­si­cian Caro­line Corr (The Corrs) is 46. Coun­try singer Keifer Thompson (Thompson Square) is 46. Rap­per Swifty (D12) is 44. Ac­tress Natalie Zea is 44. Ac­tress Brit­tany Daniel is 43. Singer and TV per­son­al­ity Ta­mar Brax­ton is 42. TV per­son­al­ity Rob Kar­dashian is 32. Pop/rock singer-song­writer Hozier is 29. Ac­tor John Boyega is 27. Olympic gold medal swim­mer Katie Ledecky is 22.

TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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

In 1906, Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt first likened cru­sad­ing jour­nal­ists to a man with “the muck­rake in his hand” in a speech to the Grid­iron Club in Washington.

In 1958, the U.S. Navy launched the Van­guard 1 satel­lite. In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Ti­bet for In­dia in the wake of a failed upris­ing by Ti­betans against Chi­nese rule.

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 1973, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm, a freed pris­oner of the Viet­nam War, was joy­ously greeted by his fam­ily at Travis Air Force Base in Cal­i­for­nia in a scene cap­tured in a Pulitzer Prize-win­ning AP pho­to­graph.

In 2006, Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors re­ported the deaths of two women in ad­di­tion to four oth­ers who had taken the abor­tion pill RU-486; Planned Par­ent­hood said it would im­me­di­ately stop dis­re­gard­ing the ap­proved in­struc­tions for the drug’s use. Fash­ion de­signer Oleg Cassini died on Long Is­land, New York, at age 92.

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