Daily Archives: March 17, 2012

General MacArthur in Australia as Allied Commander 70 years ago today (1942)

Video: MacArthur in Australia (at 10:39)

(Tuesday, March 17, 1942, during World War II) — General Douglas MacArthur today became Supreme Commander of the United Nations forces in the Southwestern Pacific.

This dramatic shift of command and promotion for the dashing officer who has held the Japanese at bay on the Island of Luzon for three months and ten days was announced by the War Department simultaneously with his arrival in Australia.

First St. Patrick’s Day parade held in New York City 250 years ago today (1762)

Video: St Patricks Day Parade in New York City (video tour)

(Wednesday, March 17, 1762) — The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place today when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.