March 17

1762

The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City.

1776

British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.

1870

Wellesley Female Seminary (later Wellesley College) received its charter from the Massachusetts legislature.

1942

Gen. Douglas MacArthur became supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.

1963

Mount Agung on Bali erupted, killing 1,184 people.

1969

Golda Meir was sworn in as prime minister of Israel.

2003

President Bush delivered an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack.

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