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 On this day March 17-23, 2024 (week 12) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.
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On this day March 17-23, 2024 (week 12)

March 17, 2024 - March 23, 2024 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week. This week features Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, the founding of NATO, the legalisation of gambling in the U.S. state of Nevada, the first non-stop circumnavigation of the world by balloon, Chinese president Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia, the major humanitarian crisis in Darfur, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

March 17, 1969: Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel. Her efforts to forge peace with the Arab states were halted by the outbreak in 1973 of the Yom Kippur War

March 18, 1949: The text of the North Atlantic Treaty was first published, bringing NATO into being. The world’s largest military alliance now has 31 members

March 19, 1931: The U.S. state of Nevada voted to legalise gambling, outlawed since 1909, to bring much needed money into the state during the Great Depression

March 20, 1999: Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first non-stop circumnavigation of the world by balloon, in their craft Breitling Orbiter 3

March 21, 2023: Chinese president Xi Jinping made a state visit to Russia in a show of support for President Vladimir Putin. It was Xi’s first visit since the invasion of Ukraine

March 22, 2004: The UN warned of a major humanitarian crisis unfolding in Sudan, where ethnic cleansing was taking place in Darfur with the complicity of the government

March 23, 2014: What became the worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus was confirmed in West Africa. Over 11,000 people died, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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PUBLISHED: 28/02/2024; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom
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