► Saturday, March 17, is the 77th day of 2012. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day. ► Today’s birthdays: Jazz/New Age musician Paul Horn is 82. Former NAACP chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams is 79. Rock musician Paul Kantner is 71. Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 69. Singer-songwriter John Sebastian is 68. Rock musician Harold Brown (War; Lowrider Band) is 66. Actor Patrick Duffy is 63. Actor Kurt Russell is 61. Country singer Susie Allanson is 60. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 58. Actor Mark Boone Jr. is 57. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 57. Actor Gary Sinise is 57. Actor Christian Clemenson is 54. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is 53. Actress Vicki Lewis is 52. Actor Casey Siemaszko is 51. Writer-director Rob Sitch is 50. Actor Rob Lowe is 48. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 45. Rock musician Van Conner (Screaming Trees) is 45. Actor Mathew St. Patrick is 44. Actor Yanic Truesdale is 43. Rock musician Melissa Auf der Maur is 40. Soccer player Mia Hamm is 40. Rock musician Caroline Corr is 39. Actress Amelia Heinle is 39. Actress Marisa Coughlan is 38. Rapper Swifty is 37. Actress Natalie Zea is 37. Actress Brittany Daniel is 36. Actress Eliza Hope Bennett is 20. ► In 1762, New York’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place. ► In 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War. ► In 1861, Victor Emmanuel II was proclaimed the first king of a united Italy. ► In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt first likened crusading journalists to a man with “the muckrake in his hand’’ in a speech to the Gridiron Club in Washington. ► In 1910, the US National Museum, a precursor to the National Museum of Natural History, opened in Washington, D.C. ► In 1912, the Camp Fire Girls organization was incorporated in Washington, D.C., two years to the day after it was founded in Thetford, Vt. (The group is now known as Camp Fire USA.) ► In 1941, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C. ► In 1942, six days after departing the Philippines during World War II, General Douglas MacArthur declared, “I came through and I shall return’’ as he arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater. ► In 1966, a US midget submarine located a hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain. ► In 1970, the United States cast its first veto in the UN Security Council. (The US killed a resolution that would have condemned Britain for failure to use force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.) ► In 1992, 29 people were killed in the truck bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.
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