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This Day in History: March 17

March 17: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1776 - American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
  2. 1941 - In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  3. 1958 - The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  4. 1973 - The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  5. 2013 - The largest meteorite (since NASA started observing the moon in 2005) hit the moon.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French painter and engraver), Walter Rudolf Hess (Swiss physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate), Paul Green (American playwright), Nat King Cole (American singer, pianist, and television host), James Irwin (American pilot and astronaut)

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