What Happened On This Day – March 17

  • 1992 Apartheid in South Africa comes to an end

    In a referendum, 68.7% of white South Africans voted for abolishment of racial segregation in the country.

  • 1973 The photograph known as Burst of joy is taken

    Photographer Slava Veder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the image depicting a former U.S. prisoner of war being reunited with his family.

  • 1969 Golda Meir becomes Israel’s first female Prime Minister

    In her country, Meir was known as the “Iron Lady” long before British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rose to power.

  • 1959 The Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India

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    Followers and advisers of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, feared for his life after a revolt had erupted in Lhasa against the Chinese.

  • 1941 The National Gallery of Art opens in Washington. D.C.

    U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the gallery, which today houses one of the world’s finest art collections.

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