Mar 17, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, married her fifth cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in New York and by 1916, they had become the parents of six children.


Mar 17, The Camp Fire Girls organization was formed in Lake Sebago, Maine. It was formally presented to the public exactly two years later.


Mar 17, Dr. Marie Stopes opened Britain’s 1st birth control clinic in London.


Mar 17, Amelia Earhart took off from Oakland, Ca., in an attempt to become the first pilot to fly around the globe at the equator.


Mar 17, Golda Meir (d.1978) became the 4th prime minister of Israel. She held the office to 1974.


Mar 17, Queen Elizabeth II opened the new London Bridge.


Mar 17, FlorContemplacion, a Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for murder, despite international pleas to spare her.


Mar 17, In Dunblane, Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II came with flowers and sympathy as residents paused in silence to mourn 16 murdered children and their teacher.


Mar 17, In Afghanistan a bomb exploded near a taxi carrying women and children in the southern city

Mar 17, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will be responsible for “every single death” caused by the expulsion of 13 foreign aid groups from Sudan.


Mar 17, In Abu Dhabi HissaHilal, only her eyes visible through her black veil, delivered a blistering poem against Muslim preachers “who sit in the position of power” but are “frightening” people with their fatwas, or religious edicts, and “preying like a wolf” on those seeking peace.  She presented her 15-verse poem on the live TV “The Million’s Poet” program.

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Mar 17, In Venezuela the daughter of Chileandiplomat Fernando Berendique was shot to death by police at a road checkpoint. The young woman (19) was hit by three bullets after her brother tried to evade an illegal unmarked roadblock.

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