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      This Day in History March 17

      76th day of 2019 - 289 remaining
      Sunday, March 17, 2019

      Events March 17

      1897 - Motion pictures of a championship prize fight were taken for the first time as ‘Sunny’ Bob Fitzsimmons knocked out ‘Gentleman’ Jim Corbett for the world heavyweight title. Remember, too, that this was bareknuckle fighting. None of that fighting with gloves stuff...

      1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt coined the word ‘muckrake’ in a speech that he delivered to the Gridiron Club in Washington, DC.

      1912 - Camp Fire Girls was officially organized on this day in Washington, DC by Dr. Luther Gulick and his wife Charlotte. The couple had been accepting girl campers aged twelve years and older at Camp Wohelo on Sebago Lake in Maine for two years. The watch word of the organization is still “Wohelo” (an acronym of the words: WOrk, HEalth and LOve) even though the name has been changed to Camp Fire Boys and Girls -- because boys are now accepted into the organization.

      1926 - The Girl Friend opened in New York City. The musical continued for a run of 301 performances.

      1933 - Comedian Phil Baker was heard on network radio for the first time when The Armour Jester was heard on the old NBC Blue network. Baker rapidly rose to the top of the radio ratings.

      1939 - Artie Shaw featured sidemen Tony Pastor and Buddy Rich on two classics. One Night Stand and One Foot in the Groove were recorded for Bluebird Records.

      1941 - The National Gallery of Art was officially opened by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC.

      1942 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater.

      1945 - The bloody battle against Japanese forces for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima ended in victory for the United States.

      1948 - The Brussels Treaty, a 50-year alliance between Britain, France and the Benelux countries, was signed to provide for military cooperation in the event of an attack.

      1958 - The U.S. Navy launched the Vanguard 1. It was the first solar-powered satellite and was used to measure the shape of Earth.

      1959 - A major uprising began in Tibet against Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama fled the capital in disguise to seek political asylum in India.

      1963 - Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics played his last regular season basketball game after 13 years in the National Basketball Association.

      1963 - On Bali, Agung Volcano erupted, killing approximately 1500 people (estimates vary).

      1967 - Snoopy and Charlie Brown, of the comic strip Peanuts, made the cover of LIFE magazine.

      1969 - In baseball, the Atlanta Braves traded Joe Torre to the St. Louis Cardinals for Orlando Cepeda. After his playing days, Torre continued in baseball as a broadcaster and manager.

      1969 - Golda Meir, a Milwaukee high school teacher, was sworn in as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.

      1970 - Eddie Holman received a gold record for the single, Hey There Lonely Girl. This song was originally a hit for Ruby and the Romantics under the title, Hey There Lonely Boy in the 1960s. Holman has been an ordained Baptist minister since the early 1980s while continuing to sing and perform.

      1970 - The U.S. cast its first veto in the U.N. Security Council killing a resolution that would have condemned Britain for failure to use force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.

      1973 - Queen Elizabeth II opened the new London Bridge. This was the third London Bridge. The first London Bridge, known informally as the Medieval London Bridge, was completed around 1600. The second bridge was completed in 1831 and opened to great fanfare. That bridge was eventually sold, dismantled, exported, and reassembled at Lake Havasu in Arizona.

      1978 - The movie, American Hot Wax, was drawing big crowds. Tim McIntire and Laraine Newman (of Saturday Night Live) starred in Hollywood’s salute to rock radio and music.

      1985 - William Schroeder set a record for heart transplant patients as he reached his 113th day of life with the artificial organ.

      1985 - Patrick Ewing accepted the Naismith Award during half-time of the DePaul-Syracuse basketball game. The award is annually given to basketball’s top collegiate player.

      1985 - Elizabeth Taylor arrived in Charleston, SC to be greeted by large crowds as she stepped off a private jet to begin filming of the Civil War-era movie, North and South. La Liz played the part of a voluptuous, bordello madam. She had hoped for the role of Robert E. Lee, but it was already taken...

      1985 - The comic strip Luann, by Greg Evans, debuted. The strip “...chronicles the joyful discoveries and torturous experiences of adolescence.”

      1988 - Iraqi forces attacked the the Kurdish city of Halabja. Saddam Hussein’s troops used chemical weapons and cluster bombs. The attack, said to have involved mustard gas, nerve agent and possibly cyanide, killed an estimated 5,000 of the town’s 70,000 inhabitants.

      1991 - Millions of people voted in a landmark referendum on whether to preserve the splintering Soviet Union.

      1992 - South African whites, voting in record numbers, overwhelmingly endorsed de Klerk’s reform policies in a referendum on whether to negotiate an end to white minority rule through talks with the black majority.

      1993 - Actress Helen Hayes, the ‘First Lady of the American Theater’, died in Nyack, NY at the age of 92.

      1995 - The U.S. government approved the first chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co.

      1996 - The $16-million Museum of Television and Radio was dedicated in Beverly Hills, CA.

      1998 - Washington Mutual announced it had agreed to buy H.F. Ahmanson and Co. for $9.9 billion dollars, creating the seventh-largest banking company in the U.S.

      1999 - NFL owners voted, 28-3, in favor of instituting an instant replay challenge system for the 1999 season.

      1999 - The International Olympic Committee expelled six members in the wake of a bribery scandal. The committee then gave a vote of confidence to IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch.

      1999 - The Vatican and Sony announced the release of Abba, Pater, by Pope John Paul II. The CD features some of John Paul II words with a background of relaxing modern music, composed by two young Italian musicians. But the music is just background: the central figure is the Pope.

      2000 - Smith and Wesson signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration to “make their handguns safer” by, among other things, including safety locks with their handguns in an attempt to make them more childproof.

      2000 - More than 500 members of a religious sect burned to death in a makeshift church in southwestern Uganda.

      2000 - Opening day in the U.S. for these films: Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Erin, who “...brought a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.”; and the terrifying Final Destination, with Devon Sawa and Ali Larter.

      2001 - OPEC reduced its official oil output by 4 percent (1 million barrels of oil a day) to halt a slide in oil prices. U.S. President George Bush (II) called the decision “disappointing.”

      2003 - U.S. President George Bush (II) gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 48 hours to go into exile or face military onslaught. Hussein rejected the ultimatum, saying a U.S. attack to force him from power would be “a grave mistake.”

      2004 - It was reported that locusts had been swarming through the Australian Outback, devastating crops just as farmers had begun to recover from a two-year drought.

      2004 - Major-league Baseball banned THG, a steroid at the center of a criminal probe involving a San Francisco-area lab.

      2004 - Former MTV personality John ‘J.J.’ Jackson died in Los Angeles at 62 years of age.

      2005 - U.S. Congressional hearings began on the use of steroids among professional baseball players. Some players told Congress that steroids were a problem in the sport; stars Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa testified they hadn’t used them while Mark McGwire refused to say whether he had.

      2005 - Monty Python’s Spamalot debuted at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. The cast included Tim Curry as King Arthur, Michael McGrath as Patsy, David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin, Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot and other roles (e.g., the French Taunter, Knight of Ni, and Tim the Enchanter), Christopher Sieber as Sir Galahad and other roles (e.g., the Black Knight and Prince Herbert’s Father), and Sara Ramirez as the Lady of the Lake. It also included Christian Borle as Prince Herbert and other roles (e.g., the Historian and Not Dead Fred), Steve Rosen as Sir Bedevere and other roles (e.g., Concorde and Dennis’s Mother) and John Cleese as the (recorded) Voice of God. Directed by Mike Nichols, Spamalot won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and received 14 Tony Award nominations. During its run of 1,575 performances, it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.

      2006 - She’s the Man opened in the U.S. The romantic comedy stars Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Jonathan Sadowski, Robert Hoffman, James Snyder, Alex Breckenridge, Amanda Crew, Jessica Lucas, James Kirk, Emily Perkins, Vinnie Jones, Robert Torti, Julie Hagerty and David Cross.

      2006 - A Chinese court jailed teacher Ren Ziyuan for ten years for publishing his anti-government views on the Internet, continuing a government-sponsored crackdown on Web-based dissent.

      2007 - Film director Pedro Almodovar joined tens of thousands of people marching through Madrid, Spain to protest the war in Iraq. The protestors, marking the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, also demanded the closure of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. An estimated 20,000 protesters marched at the Pentagon in Washington DC demanding an end to the war.

      2008 - A judge awarded Heather Mills $48.6 million in the financial settlement of her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney. This was a fifth of what she had demanded.

      2008 - David Paterson was sworn in as the 55th Governor of New York a week after allegations surfaced that former Governor Eliot Spitzer was ‘Client 9’ of a high-priced call girl service.

      2009 - The Seattle Post Intelligencer, owned by the Hearst Corp., printed its last newspaper edition. The company planned to make the paper exclusively Web-based as Seattlepi.com. It was the largest daily newspaper in the U.S. that had moved to on-line only.

      2009 - Police in the Republic of Ireland made hundreds of public-order arrests after St. Patrick’s Day festivities got roudy. Inebriated mobs annually destroy many districts of Dublin and Belfast.

      2010 - Hissa Hilal, 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 (religious edicts), and “preying like a wolf” on those seeking peace. She presented her 15-verse poem on the live TV show The Million’s Poet in Abu Dhabi.

      2011 - Lord of the Dance in 3D opened for a limited run in the U.S. Michael Flatley’s musical “tells a timeless story based on Irish folklore of good versus evil, & through the media of dance & music it is understood and appreciated by every culture.”

      2011 - Japan tried high-pressure water cannons, fire trucks and helicopters that dropped seawater in increasingly frantic attempts to cool an overheated nuclear complex that had been damaged by the March 11 tsunami.

      2012 - Retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk died in the southern Bavarian town of Bad Feilnbach. He had been convicted in May 2011 of being a guard at the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp despite steadfastly maintaining over three decades of legal battles that he had been mistaken for someone else. His conviction helped set new German legal precedent because it was the first time someone had been convicted solely on the basis of serving as a camp guard, with no evidence of being involved in any specific killing. (Since his conviction was pending appeal at the time of his death, Demjanjuk is presumed to be innocent under German law, and his earlier conviction was invalidated.)

      2013 - Libya’s health minister said the death toll from drinking homemade alcohol that contained poisonous methanol had risen to 87.

      2014 - After spending four months in jail for contempt of court, TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in prison -- for not paying any of the previous $37 million in fines he had been assessed. Prosecutors at Trudeau’s trial said that he was an “unrepentant, untiring and uncontrollable huckster who has defrauded the unsuspecting for 30 years.” Trudeau is incarcerated at Federal Prison Camp Montgomery, near Montgomery, Alabama and is scheduled for release on July 18, 2022

      2014 - British telecommunications giant Vodafone agreed to buy Spain’s Ono for €7.2 billion ($10 billion) as it expandanded its European operations.

      2015 - Britain announced a three percent rise in the minimum wage, the largest real terms increase since 2008. More than 1.4 million people enjoyed the increase, raising the hourly minimum for workers over 21 by 20 pence to £6.70 (€9.30, $9.90).

      2016 - 32-year-old Yemen-born Mufid Elfgeehwas sentenced in Rochester, NY to 22.5 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State. This, while Virginia native Muhammad Jamal Amin, who handed himself over to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, said he made a bad decision in joining ISIS.

      2016 - Mexico City officials lifted a four-day air pollution alert in the densely-populated capital after ozone levels dropped to acceptable levels. It was the worst smog event in some 11 years.

      2017 - Motion pictures debuting in the U.S. inclued: Beauty and the Beast, starring Dan Stevens, Emma Watson and Luke Evans; The Belko Experiment, with Abraham Benrubi, Adria Arjona and Michael Rooker; T2: Trainspotting, starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller; 13 Minutes, with Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler and Burghart Klaußner; All Nighter, starring Analeigh Tipton, J.K. Simmons and Kristen Schaal; Song to Song, starring Haley Bennett, Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman; and You Can’t Have It, with Matthew Pohlkamp, Joanna Krupa and Armand Assante.

      2017 - Results were published of a $1 billion study on Repatha, a cholesterol drug made by Amgen. The report indicated that the drug could make cholesterol fall by about 15%, cutting the risk of heart attack and stroke. But the list price for Repatha was set at $14,523 a year -- shockingly high enough to cause a heart attack on its own!

      2018 - The World Health Organization reported a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen had spread nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people.

      2018 - Cirque du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud died after falling during a show in Tampa, Florida. Arnaud was performing a new aerial straps number when he lost his grip and plunged to the stage during a performance of the show Volta at the Tampa Greyhound Track. “Arnaud had been performing in Cirque shows for 15 years and was considered one of the company’s most experienced entertainers, President and Chief Executive Daniel Lamarre told Reuters in a telephone interview.”

      Birthdays March 17

      1777 - Roger Taney
      Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1836-1864]: his decision that Congress had no power to abolish slavery in territories helped bring on the Civil War [Dred Scott case]; died Oct 12, 1864

      1804 - Jim Bridger
      frontiersman: 1st Caucasian to see the Great Salt Lake [1824]; established Fort Bridger, Wyoming; Bridger National Forest bears his name; died July 17, 1881

      1879 - Sid Grauman
      one of 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences [AMPAS]; built Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood [one of ten most-visited Southern California places]; died Mar 5, 1950

      1894 - Paul Eliot Green
      Pulitzer prize-winning playwright of symphonic drama: In Abraham’s Bosom [1926], The Lost Colony, The Common Glory, The House of Connelly, Hymn to the Rising Sun; died May 4, 1981

      1901 - Alfred Newman
      film music composer, orchestra leader: received 45 Academy Award nominations, making him the second most nominated; he won the Oscar 9 times; died Feb 17, 1970

      1902 - Bobby (Robert Tyre) Jones
      World Golf and PGA Hall of Famer: first golfer to win the four major British and American tournaments in one year: the Grand Slam [1930]; PGA Hall of Famer, World Golf Hall of Famer; died Dec 18, 1971

      1903 - Marquis (William) Childs
      Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist [1969]: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, author: Sweden: The Middie Way; died Jun 30, 1990

      1906 - Michael O’Shea
      actor: McGarry and His Mouse, It Should Happen to You, Fixed Bayonets!, Captain China, Smart Woman, Circumstantial Evidence, The Eve of St. Mark; died Dec 4, 1973

      1907 - John Pastore
      politician: first of Italian descent to become a state governor [Rhode Island: 1945-1950], then U.S. Senator [1950-1974]; died Jul 15, 2000

      1910 - Patrick McVey
      actor: The Rifleman, Bang the Drum Slowly, Hogan’s Goat, The Detective, North by Northwest, Party Girl, Welcome Stranger, Swell Guy; died Jul 6, 1973

      1912 - Bayard Rustin
      pacifist, activist, civil rights leader: helped convince U.S. President Truman to issue executive order desegregating armed forces [1948]; died Aug 24, 1987

      1913 - Frederick Brisson
      producer: The Velvet Touch, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Generation, Mrs. Pollifax--Spy; died Oct 8, 1984

      1914 - Sammy Baugh
      Pro Football Hall of Famer: NFL Individual Record for average yard-per-catch in a game [18.58 -- 446 yards on 24 completions]: Washington Redskins vs. Boston Yanks [10/31/1948]; and in career punts [45.10 yds., 1937-1952]; died Dec 17, 2008

      1917 - Hank (Henry John) Sauer
      baseball: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1950, 1952/Baseball Writer’s Award: 1952], SL Cardinals, NY Giants, SF Giants; died Aug 24, 2001

      1919 - Nat ‘King’ Cole (Nathaniel Adams Coles)
      jazz pianist, bandleader: King Cole Trio; songwriter: Straighten Up and Fly Right; actor: St. Louis Blues; singer: Mona Lisa, Too Young, Unforgettable, Pretend, Ballerina, Ramblin’ Rose, The Christmas Song; actor: Cat Ballou; first black entertainer to host a national TV show; father of singer, Natalie Cole; died Feb 15, 1965

      1928 - Eunice Grayson
      actress: first ‘Bond girl’: Dr. No, From Russia with Love; Melody in the Dark, Dance Hall, Out of the Clouds, The Revenge of Frankenstein; TV: The Saint, The Avengers; died Jun 8, 2018

      1930 - Paul Horn
      composer, jazz musician: reeds: Green Jelly Beans, Dancing Children, Inside [recorded in Taj Mahal]; TV documentary: The Story of a Jazz Musician; died Jun 29, 2014

      1932 - Dick Curless
      One-Eyed Baron of Trucker Country: singer: A Tombstone Every Mile, Six Times a Day, All of Me Belongs to You, Big Wheel Cannonball, Loser’s Cocktail; died May 25, 1995

      1933 - Renée Taylor
      actress: Pandemic, The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club, Alfie [2004], 61*, Love Is All There Is

      1935 - Adam Wade
      singer: Take Good Care of Her, The Writing on the Wall, As If I Didn’t Know, Crying in the Chapel; TV host: Musical Chairs; played in Las Vegas’ all-black version of Guys and Dolls

      1938 - Rudolf Nureyev (Rudolf Hametovich Nureyev)
      Russian ballet dancer: defected to U.S. [1961]; danced with Dame Margot Fonteyn, the Martha Graham Dance Company; was artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet; died Jan 6, 1993

      1938 - Zola Taylor
      singer: only female member of The Platters [1954 to 1964]: Only You, The Great Pretender, The Magic Touch, My Prayer, Heaven on Earth; she was the second of Frankie Lymon’s three wives; died Apr 30, 2007

      1941 - Clarence Collins
      singer: group: Little Anthony and the Imperials: Tears on My Pillow, Two People in the World, So Much, Diary, Wishful Thinking, Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko Ko Bop

      1941 - Paul Kantner
      musician: guitar: groups: Jefferson Airplane: Somebody to Love, White Rabbit, LP: Crown, Wooden Ships; Starship: LPs: Dragonfly, Red Octopus, Spitfire, Earth; KBC Band; solo LP: Blows Against the Empire, Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra; died Jan 28, 2016

      1944 - Cito (Clarence Edwin) Gaston
      baseball: Atlanta Braves, SD Padres [all-star: 1970], Pittsburgh Pirates; manager: Toronto Blue Jays: consecutive World Series titles (1992-1993); first black manager to win Series; shared The Sporting News 1993 Man of Year award with Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick

      1944 - Pat McCauley
      drums; group: Them: Gloria, Baby Please Don't Go)

      1944 - Paul Pilnick
      musician: guitar: group: Stealers Wheel: Stuck in the Middle With You, Everything Will Turn Out Fine, Star, Everything Will Turn Out Fine

      1944 - John Sebastian
      musician: guitar; songwriter: group: Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Believe in Magic, Summer In The City, Daydream, You Didn’t Have to be So Nice, Nashville Cats; solo: Darling Be Home Soon, Welcome Back

      1946 - Harold Brown
      musician: drums: group: War: LPs: All Day Music, The World is a Ghetto, Why Can’t We Be Friends

      1949 - Patrick Duffy
      actor: Dallas, Man from Atlantis, Step-by-Step video with Suzanne Somers

      1951 - Scott Gorham
      musician: guitar: group: Thin Lizzy: Still in Love with You, Killer on the Loose

      1951 - Craig Ramsay
      hockey: NHL: Buffalo Sabres: [252 goals, 420 assists for 672 points and 201 penalty minutes in 1,070 games; 776 consecutive games played Mar 27, 1973-Feb 10, 1983]; coach: Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers. Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers

      1951 - Kurt Russell
      actor: Executive Decision, Backdraft, Elvis, Used Cars, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, Tango & Cash, Stargate, Tombstone, 3000 Miles to Graceland

      1952 - Susie Allanson
      singer: Baby Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On, Baby, Last Night Made My Day, Maybe Baby, We Belong Together, Words, Two Steps Forward and Three Steps Back

      1952 - Stan Weir
      hockey: NHL: California Golden Seals, California Seals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Red Wings

      1954 - Lesley-Anne Down
      actress: Dallas, North and South: Book 2, Upstairs, Downstairs, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Great Train Robbery

      1955 - Paul Overstreet
      singer, songwriter, musician: guitar: Sowin’ Love, All the Fun, Seein’ My Father in Me, Richest Man on Earth, Daddy’s Come Around, Heroes

      1955 - Gary Sinise
      actor: CSI: NY, The Forgotten, The Big Bounce, The Human Stain, A Gentleman’s Game, Mission to Mars, That Championship Season

      1958 - Christian Clemenson
      Emmy Award-winning actor: Boston Legal [2006]; The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, Harry’s Law

      1959 - Danny Ainge
      basketball: NBA: Boston Celtics [1981–1989] [NBA title 1984, 1986], Sacramento Kings [1989–1990], Portland Trail Blazers [1990–1992], Phoenix Suns [1992–1995]; head coach: Phoenix Suns [1996–1999]; President of Basketball Operations for Boston Celtics [NBA title [2008]

      1959 - Mike Lindup
      musician: keyboards, drums; singer: group: Level 42: The Chinese Way, The Sun Goes Down [Living It Up], Hot Water, Something About You, Leaving Me Now

      1960 - Vicki Lewis
      actress: Out of Omaha, The Huntress, Pushing Tin, Breakfast of Champions, Mousehunt, Godzilla, Bye Bye Birdie

      1961 - Sam Bowie
      basketball : Portland Trail Blazers, NJ Nets, lA Lakers

      1963 - Rebeca Arthur
      actress: Get Shorty, Perfect Strangers, The Watcher, About Last Night..., Afterlife, Opposites Attract, Scrooged

      1964 - Rob Lowe
      actor: Brothers & Sisters, St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night, Suddenly, Last Summer, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Contact, Atomic Train, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The West Wing

      1967 - Billy Corgan
      musician: guitar, keyboards; songwriter, singer: group: Smashing Pumpkins: Siva, Rhinoceros, Drown, Cherub Rock, Today, Disarm

      1968 - Mathew St. Patrick
      actor: Six Feet Under, All My Children, Reunion, War, NCIS: Los Angeles, Sons of Anarchy

      1972 - Mia Hamm
      soccer [forward]: Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; U.S. women’s national soccer team; led team to gold medal at Centennial Olympic Games [Atlanta 1996]; scored 158 international goals; founding member of the Washington Freedom

      1973 - Amelia Heinle
      actress: The Young and the Restless, All My Children, Another Night, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal, Purgatory, Quicksilver Highway

      1973 - Jerome Woods
      football [safety]: Univ of Memphis; NFL: Kansas City Chiefs

      1975 - Natalie Zea
      actress: Dirty Sexy Money, Passions, From a Place of Darkness, Lucid Days in Hell, Boys Don’t Cry, Justified

      1976 - Brittany Daniel
      actress: Sweet Valley High, The Game, Joe Dirt, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, White Chicks, Little Man, Totally Awesome, Skyline

      1976 - Roxanne Hall
      actress [1994-2012]: X-rated films: The Devil in Miss Jones [2005], Slutwoman’s Revenge, Full Moon Fever, The Mile High Club, Interrogation of a Submissive, Fantasy of Flesh, Hot Nude Divorcees Gone Lesbo

      1979 - Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford)
      multi-AVN Award-winning actress: X-rated films: Heat, Big Busted Goddesses of Las Vegas, Ron Jeremy on the Loose: Atlantic City, I Know What You Did Last Night, Secrets of the Velvet Ring, Good Will Humping, Operation: Desert Stormy, Bikini Kitchen video series, Right Amount of Wrong; director: For Love, Money or a Green Card, Love in an Elevator, Right Amount of Wrong, Dirty Deeds, When It Comes to You; Daniels became ensnared in a legal dispute with POTUS Donald Trump in 2018 as Trump and his surrogates paid $130,000 hush money to silence Daniels [about an affair she had with Trump in 2006] to keep the affair from adversely affecting the 2016 presidential election

      1980 - Katie Morgan
      actress [2001-2012]: X-rated films: Farmer’s Daughters Down South, Dirty Little Cheaters, Tails from the Hollywood Hills, Summer School Sex Kittens, God’s Will: The Sex Factor, Sexy Sluts Behaving Badly, L!fe Happens, Zach and Miri Make a Porno

      1986 - Olesya Rulin
      actress: High School Musical film series, Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous, Flying By, Expecting Mary, A Thousand Cuts, Family Weekend

      1987 - Emmanuel Sanders
      football [wide receiver]: NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers [2010–2013]; Denver Broncos [2014– ]: 2016 Super Bowl 50 champs

      1990 - Hozier (Andrew Hozier-Byrne)
      singer: Take Me to Church, From Eden, Sedated, Work Song, Someone New, Nina Cried Power, Almost [Sweet Music]

      1992 - John Boyega
      actor: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Attack the Block, Half of a Yellow Sun, 24: Live Another Day, Imperial Dreams

      1997 - Katie Ledecky
      swimming champion: five Olympic gold medals, 14 world championship

      Chart Toppers March 17

      1952Cry - Johnnie Ray
      Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
      Any Time - Eddie Fisher
      Wondering - Webb Pierce

      1961Pony Time - Chubby Checker
      Surrender - Elvis Presley
      Where the Boys Are - Connie Francis
      Don’t Worry - Marty Robbins

      1970Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
      The Rapper - The Jaggerz
      Give Me Just a Little More Time - Chairmen of the Board
      The Fightin’ Side of Me - Merle Haggard

      1979I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
      Tragedy - Bee Gees
      Heaven Knows - Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams
      Golden Tears - Dave & Sugar

      1988Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
      I Get Weak - Belinda Carlisle
      Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
      Too Gone Too Long - Randy Travis

      1997Wannabe - Spice Girls
      Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down - Puff Daddy featuring Mase
      You Were Meant for Me - Jewel
      We Danced Anyway - Deana Carter

      2006Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
      Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
      Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson
      Your Man - Josh Turner

      2015Uptown Funk! - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
      Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
      Sugar - Maroon 5
      Take Your Time - Sam Hunt

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