This Day in History

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1894, The old Russian governor's house, known as Baranof Castle, burned at Sitka.

• In 1912, The United States Marines, established at Sitka in 1879, were withdrawn.

• In 1959, The dredging of Gastineau Channel, north of downtown Juneau, was scheduled.

In the nation

• In 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.

• In 1905, Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York.

• In 1910, the Camp Fire Girls organization was formed. (It was formally presented to the public on this day two years later.)

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

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

• In 1958, the U.S. Navy launched the Vanguard I satellite.

• In 1993, Helen Hayes, the "First Lady of the American Theater," died in Nyack, N.Y., at age 92.

• In 1998, Washington Mutual announced it had agreed to buy H.F. Ahmanson and Company for $9.9 billion.

• In 2002, After nearly a year's run, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick left the Broadway hit musical "The Producers."

In the world

• In 461, according to tradition, St. Patrick - the patron saint of Ireland - died in Saul.

• In 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.

• In 1966, a U.S. midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain.

• In 1969, Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.

• In 1992, 28 people were killed in the truck bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

• In 2002, A grenade attack on a Protestant church in Islamabad, Pakistan, killed five people, including a U.S. Embassy employee and her 17-year-old daughter.

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