This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

In Alaska

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

In 1912, the U.S. Marines established at Sitka in 1879 were withdrawn.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 1905, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin Delano 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 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.

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 1 satellite.

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 1995, the White House hosted a St. Patrick's Day reception for Irish Prime Minister John Bruton which was attended by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. The federal government approved the nation's first chicken pox vaccine, Varivax.

In 2000, Smith and Wesson signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration to, among other things, include safety locks with all of its handguns to make them more childproof; in return, the agreement called for federal, state and city lawsuits against the gun maker to be dropped. The United States lifted a ban on imports of Iranian luxury goods.

In 2004, Charles A. McCoy Jr., suspected in a series of highway shootings in central Ohio, was arrested in Las Vegas.

In the world

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

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

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

In 1995, Flor Contemplacion, a Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for murder, despite international pleas to spare her.

In 2000, more than 300 members of a religious sect burned to death in a makeshift church in southwestern Uganda.

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