This day in #history 17/03
1861 – Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed
1921 – Lenin proclaims New Economic Politics
1961 – South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
2003 – British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq.
2004 – Unrest in Kosovo results in more than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.
1922 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding Leader of Bangladesh (d. 1975)
1956 – Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, Nobel laureate, dies at 58
1905 – Eleanor Roosevelt (20) marries Franklin D. Roosevelt (23) later 32nd US President in New York, & given away by her uncle, 26th President Theodore Roosevelt
1961 – Actor Christopher Lee (38) weds actress Gitte Lee (25)
1967 – Novelist Alice Walker (23) weds civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal in New York City