Today in history – March 17, 2020

According to tradition, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul. Some sources list the year as 461, others say 493.

1776 – British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.

1842 – The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is formed.

1942 – Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.

1959 – The Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India in the wake of a failed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule.

1968 – As a result of nerve gas testing by the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Skull Valley, Utah, over 6,000 sheep are found dead.

1969 – Gold Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

2003 – President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave his country. Iraq rejected the ultimatum.