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MARCH 17

1806 Norbert Rillieux (New Orleans-born African-American Engineer, Inventor) Norbert Rillieux Slavery Inventors and Inventions African Americans Scientsts & Mathematicians
1849 Charles Brush (Ohio-born Inventor) Ohio Scientists and Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Electricity
1881 Walter Rudolf Hess (Swiss Nobel Prize-winning Physiologist) Swiss  Scientists and Mathematicians Anatomy and Physiology 1949 Nobel Laureate for Physiology and Medicine
1884 Frank "Bring 'Em Back Alive" Buck (Texas-born Animal Trapper) Texas Explorers Animals Zoos Texas State Historical Society
1948 William Ford Gibson III (South Carolina-born Science Fiction Writer Who Coined the Term "Cyberspace") South Carolina Authors and Illustrators History of Technology Technology and Society
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1884 Californian John J. Montgomery Pilots a Home-Made Glider from Wheeler Hill near San Diego, Traveling 200 - 600' California Aviators Aviation History Learn California
1906 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 1,300 in Kagi, Formosa (Taiwan) Taiwan Earthquake Death USGS The History Channel
1922 Atlanta Constitution Begins Operation of WGST, Radio Georgia Media Radio WGST Radio University of Georgia
1950 California Berkeley Scientists Announce Synthesis of the Element Californium Californium The Periodic Table The New York Times
1957 A Blizzard Drops 24" of Snow on Duluth, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota Snow Wind Minnesota Historical Society
1958 U.S. Launches Its Second Satellite Vanguard I to Test 3-Stage Rocket Space Exploration NASA
1963 Mount Agung on Bali Erupts, Killing at Least 11,000 People Indonesia Volcanoes Death Harvard *University
1966 Submarine Locates U.S. Hydrogen Bomb Fallen from Aircraft into Mediterranean Nuclear Weapons Aviation History Submarines The New York Times
1969 Florida Marks the End of 768 Consecutive Days of Sunshine Florida The Sun Weather Florida Historical Society
1970 The Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Is Dedicated Space Exploration NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama Alabama Archives
1973 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 14 on the Philippines island of Luzon Republic of the Philippines Earthquake Death USGS
1985 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered Near the Central Coast of Chile Chile Earthquake USGS
1988 Apple Sues Microsoft for Copying the Macintosh Interface for Windows 2.0 Bill Gates and Microsoft Apple History of Computer Technology Law and Legal Resources MIT
1999 National Academy of Sciences Supports Medical Value of Marijuana Illegal Drugs Cancer AIDS National Cancer Institute CNN
2005 Players Testify to Congress About Use of Illicit Drugs in Major League Baseball U.S Congress Illicit Drugs Major League Baseball National Public Radio

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