On this day: March 17

POSTED: 3:19 PM PDT March 10, 2014    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT March 16, 2014 

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 in the Billboard country charts between 1953 and 1975, dies of congestive heart failure at age 85 in Westmoreland, Tenn. Husky is best known for the No. 1 hits "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove."

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