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  17/03/2013: On This Day: March 17
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Lazio's first journey on this date was a very convincing victory against Fiorentina 5-1 in 1929, with a hat-trick from Lazio midfielder Aldo Spivach. On the other side of the world, doctors trained in Western medicine returned to China from Japan recommended that traditional Chinese medicine be banned. Fortunately, the National Medical Assembly in Shanghai rejected this on 17 March 1929. This day is remembered each year and celebrated as Chinese Doctors’ Day.

As Hitler promises to respect Non-Military Provisions of Versailles Treaty and insists that he only wants peace, Juventus attack Lazio inflicting a harsh 6-1 defeat at the Benito Mussolini stadium in Turin, in week 20 of Serie A back in 1935.

Lazio were held by Bologna 2-2 in Serie A week 23 on Sunday, 17 March 1940. A day after the west Pacific volcanic island of Iwo Jima declared to be secured by the U.S. military after months of fiercely fighting its Japanese defenders. If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.

Lazio won 0-1 against Atalanta in Bergamo on 17 March 1957. If you planted an apple tree on this date, then you may have produced 4,972.702 kg of apples to date, which is enough to feed 8,343 people. As human beings, we should achieve much more than that poor apple tree.

Setback for Lazio against Inter in the twenty-first week of Serie A in 1974. Inter Milan; in front of 80,000 supporters at the San Siro stadium forces eleven men and Maestrelli suffer with a 3-1 scoreline. According to the newspapers, this was Inter's best game of the year. Not that we should care, as Lazio got the last laugh with the Scudetto.

Lazio followed their Scudetto with a couple of underwhelming draws on this date. Cremonese held Lazio 1-1 at Cremona in 1985 before Lazio failed to get the better of Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico in 1991 with a single goal by Ruben Sosa ensuring a 1-1 draw. 17 March is also St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, and in 1991, the Irish Lesbian and gays Organisation submitted a request to take part in the New York St. Patrick's Day March. Their request was turned down, although some members found a way around the ban wearing green attire with shamrocks motif, as wearing regular rocks are too heavy.

Auxerre also hold Lazio on this day in 1998, with a 2-2 draw in the second leg game of the UEFA Cup 1997/1998 Quarter Finals. Lazio nicked two goals through Roberto Mancini and Guerino Gottardi. That was enough for Lazio to progress to the semi final following victory in the first leg. Lazio kicked Atletico Madrid out of the competition in the semi finals, before Inter Milan defeated Lazio in the final, 0-3 at the Stade Parc des Princes, Paris.

Brescia drew with Lazio 1-1 back in Serie A week 27 in 2002. It was a poor game, even though Lazio, under Zaccheroni, were full of star players. Only Hernan Crespo could manage to create a single goal.

Finally, today was Stefano Fiore's big day. Back in 2004, Fiore scored two decisive goals against la Vecchia Signora (the Old Lady) Juventus in the first leg of the Coppa Italia Final. He continued to score in the second leg, and Lazio lifted the Coppa Italia for the fourth time in their history at the Delle Alpi stadium in Turin.

Tonight Lazio return to Turin hoping to pick up Serie A points against Torino. Thoughts of silverware must be put on hold.

Author: Ali Alkatiri
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