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This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 17th March”.

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180: Marcus Aurelius’s death 

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius died aged 58 on this day. He is best known as a Stoic philosopher. His journal, Meditations takes up a place in almost every list of must-reads. He left his son, Commodus aged 18 as the next Emperor. 

Marcus Aurelius
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1905: Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt got married.

Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin D. Roosevelt, the later 32nd US President on this day in New York. The then President of the USA, Theodore Roosevelt was present at his niece’s wedding as well. They were five cousins once separated and met each other when Eleanor was two, while Franklin was four. 

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Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt
Source – Huffpost

1969: Golda Meir became Israel’s 4th Prime Minister

Golda Meir remains the first and only female Prime Minister in the history of Israel. She was the third woman in the world to hold that position. She was re-elected in 1973 but resigned four months later. She started her career as a Zionist labour organizer. 

Golda Meir
Source – Haaretz

1987: Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career 

Sunil Gavaskar ended his Test career with an innings of 96 vs Pakistan at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on this day in 1987. He finished his Test career with 10,122 runs to his credit and holds the record of being the first cricketer to reach Mount 10k in any format. 

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Sunil Gavaskar
Source – New Indian Express

1990: Saina Nehwal was born 

Saina was born on this day in the city of Hisar, Haryana. She started playing badminton at the age of eight. Her mother was a state-level badminton player and Saina wanted to live the dreams of her mother. Nehwal is a professional since 2003. She has over twenty-four international titles to her credit, which include eleven Superseries titles and the Bronze Medal at the Olympics.

Saina Nehwal
Source – Outlook India
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