On this day: March 17

Published: Mar 10 2014 06:19:47 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 17 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

St. Patrick's Day comes to America, the British flee Boston, Jimi Hendrix releases "Purple Haze," and white voters in South Africa vote overwhelmingly to end apartheid, all on this day.

OTD March 17 - Ferlin Husky
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2011: Country singer Ferlin Husky, who scored two dozen top 20 hits on the Billboard country charts between 1953 and 1975, dies of congestive heart failure at age 85 in Westmoreland, Tennessee. Husky is best known for the No. 1 hits "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove."

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