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MARCH 17

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Catholicism: St. Patrick's Day
(Commemorates the death of St. Patrick: 03/17/461)
St. Patrick's Day Catholicism Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc
United States: Camp Fire USA
(Annual March 17 observance commemorates founding in 1910)
Camp Fire USA
1806 Norbert Rillieux (New Orleans-born African-American Engineer, Inventor) Norbert Rillieux Slavery Inventors and Inventions African Americans Scientsts & Mathematicians
1825 Benjamin Sterling Turner (North Carolina-born Politician Who Served as the First African-American Congressman from Alabama) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Alabama Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives African-American Political and Social Leaders Alabama Archives African American Registry
1862 Homer Plessy (New Orleans African-American Civil Rights Activist Named in the Landmark Case of Plessy v. Ferguson) Homer Plessy U.S. Civil Rights Activist African-American Political and Social Leaders
1912 Bayard Rustin (Pennsylvania-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Bayard Rustin U.S. Civil Rights Activist African-American Political and Social Leaders
1919 Nat "King" Cole (Alabama-born African-American Jazz Musician, Singer) Nat King Cole Popular Musicians Jazz African American Performing Artists
1933 Myrlie Evers (Mississippi-born Wife of Medgar Evers; Chairperson of the Board of Directors Chair of the NAACP) Myrlie Evers U.S. Civil Rights Activist African-American Political and Social Leaders NAACP
1955 Cynthia McKinney (Georgia's First African-American Female Congressional Representative) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1806 In Indiana, Joshua, a Christian Indian, Is Burned at the Stake by the Shawnee for Witchcraft Indiana Shawnee Religion Death Indiana Historical Society
1842 The Wyandotte Indians Sign a Treaty Relinquishing Their Lands in Michigan and Ohio Michigan Ohio Wyandotte Indians Westward Expansion Historic U.S. Documents The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma Ohio Historical Society
1865 President Lincoln Calls for Arrest and Court Martial of Any Person Furnishing Arms to Hostile Indians President Abraham Lincoln Native American Heritage Crime Lincoln Papers
1866 Georgia Law Defines "Persons of Color" and Grants Them the Same Rights As Whites Georgia Government Law and Legal Resources Civil Rights/Human Rights Racism University of Georgia
1891 West Virginia State University Is Established as the West Virginia Colored Institute West Virginia Education African-American Heritage West Virginia State University West Virginia Archives African American Registry
1910 Camp Fire Girls Is Formed As the First U.S. Organization Open to Girls of All Religions Camp Fire USA Religion Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac
1929 The President of the University of Detroit Threatens to Expel Any Coed Caught Talking to Boys Michigan Education Education Women University of Detroit State of Michigan
1943 A Commission Is Created to Revise Georgia's Reconstruction-era Constitution of 1877 Georgia Constitution Historic American Documents Racism University of Georgia
1946 Jackie Robinson Plays His First Exhibition Game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona Beach, Florida Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1962 Wing Luke (Seattle City Council) Is First Chinese American Elected to a Major Post in the Continental U.S.A Seattle, Washington Elections Asian-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts History Link

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