TODAY IN HISTORY

By The Associated Press

Today is the 76th day of 2019. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day.

Today’s Highlight:

On March 17, 1762, New York held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade.

On this date:

In 1776, the Revolutionary War Siege of Boston ended as British forces evacuated the city.

In 1912, the Camp Fire Girls organization was incorporated in Washington D.C., two years to the day after it was founded in Thetford, Vermont.

In 1936, Pittsburgh’s Great St. Patrick’s Day Flood began as the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers and their tributaries, swollen by rain and melted snow, started exceeding flood stage; it was blamed for more than 60 deaths.

In 1968, a peaceful anti-Vietnam War protest in London was followed by a riot outside the U.S. Embassy.

In 1988, Avianca Flight 410, a Boeing 727, crashed after takeoff into a mountain in Colombia, killing all 143 people on board.

In 2006, Federal regulators reported the deaths of two women in addition to four others who had taken the abortion pill RU-486. Fashion designer Oleg Cassini died on Long Island, N.Y., at age 92.

Ten years ago: U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained by North Korea while reporting on North Korean refugees living across the border in China.

Five years ago: Fashion designer L’Wren Scott, 49, was found dead in New York, a suicide. British cinematographer Oswald Morris, who’d won an Oscar for “Fiddler on the Roof,” died in Dorset, England, at age 98.

One year ago: Superstore company Fred Meyer announced that it would stop selling guns and ammunition; in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 76. Singer-songwriter John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful) is 75. Former NSA Director and former CIA Director Michael Hayden is 74. Rock musician Harold Brown (War; Lowrider Band) is 73. Actor Patrick Duffy is 70. Actor Kurt Russell is 68. Country singer Susie Allanson is 67. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 65. Actor Mark Boone Jr. is 64. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 64. Actor Gary Sinise is 64. Actor Christian Clemenson is 61. Actor Arye Gross is 59. Actress Vicki Lewis is 59. Actor Rob Lowe is 55. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 52. Olympic gold medal soccer player Mia Hamm is 47. Actress Natalie Zea is 44. Actress Brittany Daniel is 43. Country musician Geoff Sprung (Old Dominion) is 41.

Thought for Today: “Beagan agus a ra go maith.” (Say little, but say it well.) — Irish saying.

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