March 17 holidays in 2018

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
St. Patrick's Day
Multiple Countries Observance
St Patrick's Day
Multiple Countries Local Holiday
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday
Bangladesh Public Holiday
Evacuation Day
United states (Massachusetts) State Holiday

Historical Events

  • 1776: After Generals George Washington and Henry Knox strategically place artillery pieces overlooking the city of Boston, British forces evacuate the city. This hereby ends the Siege of Boston.
  • 1780: The Continental Army is given a holiday by General George Washington during the American Revolution.
  • 1891: The SS Utopia and the HMS Anson collide in the Bay of Gibraltar. The SS Utopia sinks and over 560 people are killed as a result.
  • 1921: The March Constitution is adopted by the Second Polish Republic.
  • 1939: The Battle of Nanchang begins between Chinese forces and Japanese forces during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
  • 1941: United States’ President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially opens the National Gallery of Art in the nation’s capital – Washington, D.C.
  • 1942: Jew from the Lvov Ghetto are put to death using gas at the Belzec Death Camp in eastern Poland.
  • 1957: Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and over 20 other people are killed in a plane crash that takes place in Cebu, Philippines.
  • 1958: The U.S launches the Vanguard I satellite on this day.
  • 1960: United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a National Security directive that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
  • 1966: A missing American H-Bomb is discovered off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea by the DSV Alvin submarine.
  • 1970: Fourteen officers are charged by the U.S Army for suppressing information that is related to the My Lai Massacre.
  • 1985: Serial Killer Richard “Night Stalker” Ramirez murders 2 people in Los Angeles.

Famous Birthdays

  • American activist Bayard Rustin is born in 1912.
  • American actress Patricia Breslin is born in 1931.
  • English author Penelope Lively is born in 1933.
  • American biologist Fred T. Mackenzie is born in 1935.
  • American actor Kurt Russel is born in 1951.
  • English actress Lesley-Anne Down is born in 1954.
  • American actress and singer, Vicki Lewis is born in 1960.