Today in History - March 17

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Col. Jacob Ruppert, owner of the world champion New York Yankees, spends a little vacation time watching his boys train for the 1938 season at St. Petersburg, Fla., March 17, 1938. From left: pitcher Paul Andrews, Ruppert, outfielder Ernie Koy and pitcher Bump Hadley. (AP Photo)

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Gas masks on, these members of the Guatemala secret police escort two students demonstrators away during rioting Friday, March 17, 1962 in Guatemala City. At least 20 persons have been reported killed since Tuesday in this riot-torn city. (AP Photo)

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Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd sorts through proximately 1,500 letters and telegrams he received from persons wishing to accompany him on another Antarctic expedition at his Brimmer Street, Boston at home on March 17, 1954. Looking at pile of mail he chuckled ìmaybe people are fed up with civilization.î (AP Photo/Frank C. Curtin)

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St. Patricks party for baseball club officers and press, March 17, 1951 at beach hotel. (AP Photo)

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Several hundred soldiers and civilians, including family members, crowd the southern bank of the Thach Han River at Quang Tri to greet a boatload of newly freed South Vietnamese POWs arriving from across the river, March 17, 1973. The Viet Cong, which controlled the northern bank, had released 300 prisoners. (AP Photo/Tran Khiem)

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** FILE ** In this March 10, 2009 file photo, the iconic globe of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is seen atop the company's waterfront headquarters and in view of the Space Needle in Seattle. P-I managing editor David McCumber said Monday the globe will continue to spin even after the 146-year-old paper prints its final edition Tuesday, March 17, 2009, and goes Web-only. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton addresses supporters at a rally in Chicago Tuesday, March 17, 1992. Clinton easily won both the Illinois and Michigan primaries on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

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President George Bush shakes hands with Air Force Capt. Spike Thomas and Capt. Eric Dodson looks on during welcoming home ceremonies at Sumter, South Carolina, March 17, 1991. Both pilots of the 33rd Tactical Unit based at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, were shot down during the Persian Gulf War. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)

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Youths throw stones over their flaming barricade in West Belfast, Northern Ireland on March 17, 1988. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

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President Ronald Reagan reviews the honor guard on Sunday, March 17, 1985 during arrival ceremonies at the Quebec City Airport. The ceremonies were held inside a hangar due to the extreme cold. President Reagan flew to Canada for two days of meetings with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)

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The foundation for the projected $50 million redesign and expansion of the Astoria Film Studio in New York City on March 17, 1983, is underway with the hope of re-establishing New York as a major filmmaking center. The addition of special effects departments, sound stages, advance costume facilities and film support departments, will allow the production of big budget and technically advanced films to be made in New York without having to rely on Hollywood services. (AP Photo/Rene Perez)

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Crowd gathers at bonfire on Columbia campus in New York, March 17, 1970 to toast marshmallows and collect money for the Chicago 7 trial and for freeing the Black Panthers in New York. Rennie Davis, one of the defendants in the Chicago conspiracy trial spoke at the university earlier in the day. The students burned garbage which was put out by city firemen. Bus loads of policemen were on hand off campus in case of trouble, but the students broke up peacefully. (AP Photo)

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Playboy Bunnies welcome Hugh Hefner on the inaugural flight of his new DC-9 jetliner, The Big Bunny, March 17, 1970. The women are unidentified. (AP Photo/George Brich)

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Jockey Ron Turcotte pilots Secretariat (leading, #4) over the finish line at Aqueduct in New York, March 17, 1973 to win the $27,750 Bay Shore stakes in his debut as a three-year-old. The 1972 Horse of the Year, got under the wire 4½ lengths ahead of Champagne Charlie, with Michael Venezia up, second from left, with a time of 1:23 1/5. Venezia's mount was two and a half lengths ahead of Impecunious, right, ridden by James Moseley. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

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Children of slain American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Yolanda, 13, center, and Martin Luther III, 11, right, visit a crèche at St. David's Church Hall, Islington, London, March 17, 1969 where children from the area have a play group run by their parents. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation has donated ($300) toward an open air play ground for the children. (AP Photo/Leonard Brown)

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Sen. Robert F. Kennedy campaigns in Boston on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1968. (AP Photo)

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U.S. marines at Khe Sanh use “Sniperscopes” attached to their M-16 rifles for some sharp-shooting at the North Vietnamese who surround the base on March 17, 1968. (AP Photo)

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Policeman picks up a smoke-bomb and hurls it away after the bomb was thrown by Anti-Vietnam war demonstrators outside the U.S. Embassy, in Grosvenor Square, London, on March 17, 1968. The demonstrators, thousands strong, poured into Grosvenor Square and a melee of Viet cong flags and Anti-American placards and flares and smoke bombs were hurled against the stone and glass embassy by waves of demonstrators trying to break through police lines.(AP Photo)

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Actor Charlton Heston and his family on location at Bishop, California on Oct. 4, 1967 during the filming of his latest picture “Will Penny.” His wife is the former Lydia Clarke, married on March 17, 1944. His son is Fraser, born on Feb. 12, 1955; and his girl is their adopted daughter Holly Ann, born on August 2, 1961. (AP Photo)

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Thousands of demonstrators stream to the courthouse behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Montgomery, Alabama, March 17, 1965. The march was to protest treatment of demonstrators by police during an attempted march. At front and center of march in white shirt is Andrew Young. (AP Photo)

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It appears some television viewers prefer "Batman", shown March 17, 1966, over the Gemini 8 coverage. The ABC-TV network, which airs the show on Wednesday nights, reported 1,000 telephone calls protesting the interruption of the show for reports on the space flight. Adam West portrays the hero in the series. (AP Photo)

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This unusual camera angle presents a wide view of New York's Fifth Avenue and buildings as the St. Patrick's Day moves uptown in New York, March 17, 1965. Window washers can be seen at work at the International Building. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)

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Actress Gina Lollobrigida and her husband, Dr. Milko Skofic, kiss their two-year-old son, Milko, Jr., on the couple's arrival in Rome, March 17, 1960. Skofic flew from the Italian capital to Paris to greet Gina on her arrival from New York, and they then flew to Rome to see their son. The couple denied rumors of marital troubles. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle)

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President Dwight Eisenhower poses, March 17, 1960 at the White House in Washington with Miro Slovac, right, and Bill Boeing, Jr., during a ceremony awarding them the President?s Cup. The trophy, on the Chief Executive?s desk, is awarded annually to the winner of the President?s Cup Regatta race for unlimited hydroplanes. The ?Wahoo? winner of the 1959 event was driven by Slovac, Denver, Colo., and is owned by Boeing, a Seattle, Washington, resident. (AP Photo)

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Ohio State coach Woody Hayes and coach of the year Paul Dietzel of Louisiana State show three of their colleagues some of the finer points of the game during an interlude at the National Football Clinic in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 17, 1959. Watching the duo are three high school coaches, from left to right: Tommy Kaulukukui of Episcopalian High School in Honolulu; Anastasio Gerner of Academia Militar in Mexico City, and Richard Tithe of Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Ontario. (AP Photo/Syd Stoen)

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Willie Mays outfielder and heavy hitter for the San Francisco Giants shakes hands with Ty Cobb during a get together for the old timers shown March 17, 1960 before the game between Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)

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** FILE ** In this March 17, 1959 file photo, thousands of Tibetan women silently surround the Potala Palace, the main residence of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan leader, to protest against Chinese rule and repression, on March 17, 1959, in Lhasa, Tibet. Hours later fighting broke out and the Dalai Lama was forced to flee to safety in India. Tibetans are about to mark the 50th anniversary of the failed March 10, 1959 uprising which led to the Dalai Lama fleeing to exile in India. (AP Photo/File)

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As New York City’s famed Fighting Irish Regiment, the 165th, swung into parade action along Fifth Avenue, two huge Irish wolfhounds, complete with green blankets, set the pace in New York, March 17, 1956. The hounds, Patrick O’Brien, and Ch. McGillacuddy, appear as if parade is old hat to them - they’re mascots of the regiment. An estimated 120,000 persons took part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the 120th anniversary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America. The scene is at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)

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A car is piled high with the belongings of a family occupying one of the homes in Aeschylus Street, Nicosia, Cyprus on March 17, 1956. Sir John Harding, the governor of Cyprus, announced yesterday March 16, that as a collective punishment Aeschylus Street, an alley-like passage, be completely evacuated. It was at the corner of this street and Hippocrates Street that police sergeant Gerald Rooney was shot dead three days ago. (AP Photo)

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Young Jewish boys celebrate at a barbed wire fence in Jerusalem as martial law is lifted, March 17, 1947. The barricades separated tthe Mea Shearim section of the city from the rest of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Tom Fitzsimmons)

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Moving her out! After the plane had been “Jacked” out of its resting place, it was moved 300 yards by manpower over these specially constructed runways built of swamp logs and planks. The pool of water directly under the ship is indicative of the terrain in general – a complete job of drainage was necessary around the ship before it could be moved from the mud, March 17, 1944. (AP Photo)

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Burned and gutted, with less than half its original installations standing or in useable condition, the Japanese city of Ponape in the Carolines, central pacific was virtually eliminated as a factor in the pacific war by a heavy fire-bomb attack by liberators of the 7th army air force on March 17, 1944. Attacks against remaining installations continue. (AP Photo)

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George Blum, captain of Pleasant Valley Guerillas in Tillamook, Oregon, stands six feet three inches tall and weighs 235 lbs., March 17, 1942. The guerillas have gathered to protect against potential enemy invasion on home soil. (AP Photo/Bob Glander)

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These American dough boys are shown being greeted by two Irish lads with the V for Victory sign as they arrive in Northern Ireland, March 17, 1942. (AP Photo)

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A grand military parade was held at Heliopolis near Cairo in honour of the Crown Prince of Iran who, two days previously, had married Princess Fawzia, King Farouk’s sister, in Cairo. Units of the Egyptian Camel Corps during the march past at the grand parade at Heliopolis, Egypt, on March 17, 1939. (AP Photo)

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Evacuation plant of the Children’s Foundation at New Milford, Connecticut on March 17, 1941, built for American children in the event New York is threatened from the air. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)

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German Chancellor Adolf Hitler standing in his car saluting the citizens on his arrival in Vienna, Austria on March 17, 1939, after he arrived in the city from Prague. (AP Photo)

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President Albert Lebrun of France and his wife in the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on March 17, 1939. (AP Photo)

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Singer John Cougar Mellencamp waves to the crowd in Chillicothe, Mo., as he arrives on stage to perform at the farmer's rally, May 7, 1986. The three-song concert was held in the parking lot of the Livingston County, Mo., FmHA office. Local farmers have occupied that site since March 17 to protest the policies of the county FmHA supervisor. (AP Photo)

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Released prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is greeted by his family at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., as he returns home from the Vietnam War, March 17, 1973. In the lead is Stirm's daughter Lori, 15; followed by son Robert, 14; daughter Cynthia, 11; wife Loretta and son Roger, 12. (AP Photo/Sal Veder)

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British actress Joan Plowright walks arm-in-arm with her new husband, Sir Laurence Olivier, in New York's Shubert Alley in the Theater District on West 45th Street, March 17, 1961. They were married earlier in the day in Connecticut. Ms. Plowright has a leading role in "A Taste Of Honey" at the Booth Theater, while Olivier has the lead in "Becket" at the nearby Royale Theater. Olivier was married to Vivien Leigh. (AP Photo)

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First official photograph of Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco, son and heir of Prince Rainier III, in the arms of his mother Princess Grace, in Monaco, March 17, 1958. (AP Photo)

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The U.S. Navy's Vanguard rocket blasts off the launching pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., March 17, 1958. Under the rocket's nose cone is a 6.2 inch test satellite to be released into orbit around the earth. At left is an umbilical tower. (AP Photo/Department of Defense)

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South Korean President Syngman Rhee at the Presidential Mansion in Seoul on March 17, 1955. (AP Photo/George Sweers)

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Francis, the ?talking? mule is shown in a special device for holding ice which helps to relieve the pain of gout he has acquired in his ankles on March 17, 1951 in Hollywood, CA. (AP Photo)

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The rain caused this man to use his sign as a head covering instead of flaunting his slogans through the crowd in Tokyo on March 17, 1949. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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Actor Edward G. Robinson portrayer of “tough guy” parts in the movies, does his best to keep a stern face as he underwent a bubble bath in a movie scene in Hollywood on March 17, 1948. He has his inevitable cigar. (AP Photo)

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Patients at this V.A. Hospital in Oakland, Calif., receive instructons in stroking from Bill Crosby on March 17, 1949. The veterans shown are from left: George W. Boggs, A.W. McIntire, and Charles Reynolds. The ball, strung on an elastic cord, can take quite a beating. (AP Photo)

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Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Army cross the Moselle river in assault craft prior to storming Coblenz, Germany, March 17, 1945. Coblenz was captured after a fierce street battle. (AP Photo/Byron H. Rollins)

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The youngsters "Get hep" to the music of the juke box at "The Haven" Washington, Pa, Juvenile night club March 17, 1944.(AP Photo)

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With Mt. Vesuvius smoking and spewing ash in the background, an Army jeep is seen speeding away from the inferno, as the volcano erupts shortly after the arrival of the Allied forces in Naples, on March 17, 1944. (AP Photo)

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The Royal Air Force squadron of Polish flying officers who succeeded in escaping from their country co-operates with Polish Army Corps, Scottish Command, and anti aircraft batteries. Keenness and untiring effort have brought the squadron to a high standard of efficiency, enabling the personnel to carry out their duties as successfully as other Poles in fighter and bomber command. Aircraft in the pictures are Lysanders. Lysander aircraft of the squadron on a photographic reconnaissance over snow – covered Scottish Mountains, March 17, 1942. (AP Photo)

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An air raid drill at Seattle College caught students William Bates, left, and Edna Mae Farrell, right, while they were eating their lunch in the school café, but they simply took shelter under the table and continued eating in Seattle, Washington, March 17, 1942. Air raid wardens said 350 students left their classrooms and assembled in shelters within one minute in first at the college. (AP Photo)

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Dormitories of the evacuation plant of the Children’s Foundation at New Milford, Conn., on March 17, 1941, built for American children in the event New York is threatened from the air. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)

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German Chancellor Adolf Hitler stands on the balcony of the Town hall of Brno, Czechoslovakia, March 17, 1939, being saluted by members of the Nazi Party. (AP Photo)

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Joseph Gallo, known as 'Crazy Joe Gallo,' is removed by police from a restaurant where Gallo fired 5 shots, killing a waitress, Mrs. Fern Burke, 41, in San Jose, Calif., March 17, 1955. Officers said Gallo fired 5 shots, three bullets striking the woman. (AP Photo)

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Smashing the provisions of the Lacarno Treaty, German troops goose-stepped into the demilitarized Rhineland on March 17, 1936. (AP Photo)

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Miss Teresa Derci, 21, of Wertsville, N.J., walks near her home as she pointed out tracks of an automobile which she believes may have some bearing of the Lindbergh kidnapping case, March 17, 1932. Miss Derci said three men in an automobile stopped near her home on Feb. 22 and asked the way to the Lindbergh home. It was deduced by some observers that the planning of the kidnapping may have been made that day, although the Lindbergh baby was at the Morrow home in Englewood, N.J., at the time. (AP Photo)

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Britain's Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales with Prince George, the Duke of Kent travelling on a workman's trolley during an informal visit to the Great British Exhibition in Buenos Aires, Argentina around March 17, 1931. (AP Photo)

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Britain's Duchess of York, walks with the Earl of Cavan, Field Marshal Frederick Lambart, right, at Wellington Barracks, London, March 17, 1928, after presenting the Irish Guards with shamrock at their annual parade. (AP Photo)

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