This Day in History for 3/17/17

On this day in history...

1805 – The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.  This kingdom would end when Napoleon abdicated to both the thrones of France and Italy on April 11, 1814, and Italy would not become known as the Kingdom of Italy again until this day in 1861. 

1958 – The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.