March 17th

2011
The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action to protect civilians and impose a no-fly zone over Libya.
2011 military intervention in Libya
2009
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its final print edition.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
2008
Rock musician Paul McCartney's divorce from Heather Mills was settled for $48.6 million.
Culture of the United Kingdom
2003
Edging to the brink of war, President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave his country. Iraq rejected the ultimatum.
15 February 2003 anti-war protests
1993
Actress Helen Hayes died at age 92.
Helen Hayes
1992
Apartheid in South Africa comes to an end. In a referendum, 68.7% of white South Africans voted for an abolishment of racial segregation in the country.
South African apartheid referendum, 1992
1973
The photograph known as Burst of joy is taken. Photographer Slava Veder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the image depicting a former U.S. prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
Burst of Joy
1969
Golda Meir becomes Israel's first female Prime Minister. In her country, Meir was known as the “Iron Lady” long before British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rose to power.
Golda Meir
1963
Mount Agung on Bali erupted, killing 1,184 people.
Mount Agung
1959
The Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India. Followers and advisers of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, feared for his life after a revolt had erupted in Lhasa against the Chinese.
14th Dalai Lama
1942
Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.
South West Pacific Area (command)
1941
The National Gallery of Art opens in Washington. D.C. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the gallery, which today houses one of the world's finest art collections.
National Gallery of Art
1939
Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.
Kuomintang
1910
The Camp Fire Girls organization was founded in Thetford, Vt.
Camp Fire
1905
Franklin D. Roosevelt married his distant cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt, in New York City. President Theodore Roosevelt, FDR's fifth cousin, gave his niece away.
Eleanor Roosevelt
1901
At a show in Paris 71 Vincent van Gogh paintings cause a sensation, 11 years after his death.
Vincent van Gogh
1870
Wellesley Female Seminary (later Wellesley College) received its charter from the Massachusetts legislature.
List of current and historical women's universities and colleges in the ...
1861
Italy is unified into a single kingdom under Victor Emmanuel II following the campaigns led by Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Italian unification
1776
British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.
Siege of Boston
1762
The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City.
Saint Patrick's Day in the United States
1521
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines.
Ferdinand Magellan
432
Saint Patrick, aged about 16 is captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland (traditional date).
Saint Patrick