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Births on this Day
  • 1780-03-17 - Thomas Chalmers: 1st moderator (Free Church of Scotland 1843-47)
  • 1781-03-17 - Dominique J de Eerens: Governor-General of the Netherlands Indies
  • 1804-03-17 - James Bridger: Scout / fur trader / mountain man par excellance
  • 1820-03-17 - Patrick Edward Connor: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1828-03-17 - Patrick Ronayne Cleburne: Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1825-03-17 - Rodolphe Bresdin: French cartoonist / lithographer (Le Bon Samaritain)
  • 1839-03-17 - Josef Rheinberger: Vaduz, Liechtenstein -- Opera composer (Munich Conser)

Deaths on this Day
  • 1704-03-17 - Menno baron van Coehoorn: Fort builder / Coevorden / howitzer, dies at 63
  • 1764-03-17 - George Parker: English astronomer
  • 1796-03-17 - Pieter Paulus: Lawyer / Dutch CEO (National Convention), dies at 41
  • 1801-03-17 - Juan de Sesse y Balaguer: Composer, dies at 64
  • 1803-03-17 - Candido Jose Ruano: Composer, dies at 42
  • 1806-03-17 - David Dale: Industrialist and philanthropist
  • 1846-03-17 - F W Bessel: Measured distance to 61 Cygni

Events on this Day
  • 1800-03-17 - English warship Queen Charlotte catches fire; 700 die
  • 1672-03-17 - England declares war on Netherlands
  • 1722-03-17 - Willem KH Friso appointed Mayor of Drente
  • 1753-03-17 - 1st official St. Patrick's Day
  • 1755-03-17 - Transylvania Land Co buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief
  • 1756-03-17 - St. Patrick's Day 1st celebrated in NYC at Crown and Thistle Tavern
  • 1776-03-17 - British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War

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