updated 3/17/2005 2:05:16 AM ET 2005-03-17T07:05:16

Today is Thursday, March 17th, the 76th day of 2005. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 17th, A.D. 461, according to tradition, St. Patrick — the patron saint of Ireland — died in Saul.

On this date:
In 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.

In 1905, 100 years ago, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin Delano Roosevelt in New York.

In 1910, the Camp Fire Girls organization was formed. (It was formally presented to the public on this day two years later.)

In 1941, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington D.C.

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

In 1950, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a new radioactive element, “californium.”

In 1958, the U.S. Navy launched the “Vanguard One” satellite.

In 1966, a U.S. midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain.

In 1969, Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.

In 1992, 28 people were killed in the truck bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Ten years ago: The White House hosted a St. Patrick’s Day reception for Irish Prime Minister John Bruton which was attended by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. The federal government approved the nation’s first chicken pox vaccine, “Varivax.” Flor Contemplacion, a Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for murder, despite international pleas to spare her.

Five years ago: Smith and Wesson signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration to, among other things, include safety locks with all of its handguns to make them more childproof; in return, the agreement called for federal, state and city lawsuits against the gun maker to be dropped. The United States lifted a ban on imports of Iranian luxury goods. More than 300 members of a religious sect burned to death in a makeshift church in southwestern Uganda.

One year ago: A car bomb tore apart a five-story hotel catering to foreigners in the heart of Baghdad, killing seven people. Charles A. McCoy Junior, suspected in a series of highway shootings in central Ohio, was arrested in Las Vegas. Former MTV personality John “J.J.” Jackson died in Los Angeles at age 62.

Today’s Birthdays: The former national chairwoman of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams, is 72. Rock musician Paul Kantner is 64. Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 62. Singer-songwriter John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful) is 61. Rock musician Harold Brown (War) is 59. Actor Patrick Duffy is 56. Actor Kurt Russell is 54. Country singer Susie Allanson is 53. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 51. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 50. Actor Gary Sinise is 50. Actress Vicki Lewis is 45. Actor Casey Siemaszko is 44. Writer-director Rob Sitch is 43. Actor Rob Lowe is 41. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 38. Rock musician Van Conner (Screaming Trees) is 38. Actor Mathew St. Patrick (“Six Feet Under”) is 37. Actor Yanic Truesdale is 36. Rock musician Melissa Auf der Maur is 33. Rock musician Caroline Corr (The Corrs) is 32. Actress Marisa Coughlan is 31. Singer Stephen Gately is 29. Rapper Swifty (D12) is 28.

Thought for Today: “History is not life. But since only life makes history, the union of the two is obvious.” — Louis D. Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941).

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