The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City.
British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.
Wellesley Female Seminary (later Wellesley College) received its charter from the Massachusetts legislature.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur became supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.
Mount Agung on Bali erupted, killing 1,184 people.
Golda Meir was sworn in as prime minister of Israel.
President Bush delivered an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack.