This Day in History For March 17
1894 – US & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering the US.
1917 – 1st exclusively women’s bowling tournament begins in St. Louis.
1926 – Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart’s musical “Girl Friend” premieres in NYC.
1930 – Construction begins on the Empire State Building, the world’s 1st skyscraper of 100+ stories, on 5th Avenue in New York City.
1942 – General Douglas MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander.
1953 – Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St. Louis Browns for $2.475 million.
1956 – 8th Emmy Awards: “The Ed Sullivan Show”, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win.
1961 – New York DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players.
1966 – US submarine locates missing hydrogen bomb on the Mediterranean sea floor.
1983 – 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy.
1987 – IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3.
1988 – Then highest scoring NCAA basketball game to date; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115.
1991 – New Jersey raises turnpike tolls 70%.
1995 – US approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co.
2001 – OPEC decides to cut output by 4% or 1 million barrels per day, effective April 1.
2008 – New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandel involving a high-end prostitute. David Peterson becomes acting New York State governor.
2013 – 60th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: Miami beats North Carolina, 87-77.
2017 – Live-action remake “Beauty and the Beast” directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson opens.
2019 – PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Rory Mcllroy of Northern Ireland wins biggest check in golf ($2.25m) by 1 stroke over Jim Furyk.
2022 – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari apologies for recent fuel shortage and power outages, including the failure of the national electricity grid and an increase in adulterated fuel.