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THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017
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MARCH 16
Jason Gibbons was born.
Rian Olivia Courtney was born.
Edward Sullivan was born.
John Russo was born.
1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne's nov-
el, The Scarlet Letter was published.
1968 - The My Lai massacre oc-
curred in Vietnam.
MARCH 17
Michael Becker was born.
1762 - The first St. Patrick's Day pa-
rade was held in New York City.
2003 - President Bush delivered
an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein:
Leave Iraq within 48 hours or face
an attack.
MARCH 18
Lou Pastina was born.
1965 - Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Le-
onov made the first spacewalk.
2004 - A small asteroid made the
closest approach to Earth ever re-
corded, only about 26,500 miles
away.
MARCH 19
1931 - Nevada state legislature le-
galized gambling.
1953 - The Academy Awards were
first televised.
MARCH 20
Joe Mara was born.
Casey Brouder was born.
Robert Intelisano was born.
1999 - Bertrand Piccard and Brian
Jones became the first to fly a hot-
air balloon nonstop around the
world.
2003 - Ground troops entered Iraq
and a second round of air strikes
against Baghdad was launched.
MARCH 21
Gee Linares was born.
Eddie Carroll was born.
1963 - Alcatraz Prison in San Fran-
cisco Bay, a harsh maximum secu-
rity jail which once housed gang-
ster Al Capone, closed.
1965 - Martin Luther King, Jr., led
the start of a civil rights march from
Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
MARCH 22
Ray Corrigan was born.
Sean Green was born.
Siobhan Fitzgerald was born.
Shannon McFadden was born.
1765 - The Stamp Act was enacted
on the American colonies by Brit-
ain.
This Week in History
Facts You Probably
Don’t Need
Within the last decade, vet-
eran homelessness in the
U.S. has dropped by 50%.
The "ALS Ice Bucket Chal-
lenge" has raised enough
money to help ALS research
identify a gene associated
with the disease.
A Utah school has installed
new shower and laundry
facilities for homeless stu-
dents.
Measles has been com-
pletely eradicated from the
Americas.
There is a cafe called "Hugs
+ Mugs" that is staffed en-
tirely by adults with Down
Syndrome in order to help
give them the tools and ex-
perience to transition into
other jobs.
20 countries have created
40 protected marine parks.
Combined, these parks
could cover the entirety of
the United States.
Americans now consume
more bottled water than
they do soda.
Global hunger is currently
at its lowest point in a quar-
ter century.
The number of tigers on the
planet is increasing for the
first time in a century.
More than 100 years later,
Einstein's theory of gravita-
tional waves has been prov-
en to be correct.
Facts by Sean McVeigh