On This Day- March 17th
Sure, March 17th is all about being Irish, but a lot more has happened on that date than some people realize.
St. Patrick passes away in Downpatrick, Ireland. He had originally arrived in Ireland as a slave at the age of 16; after six years, he found a way to return home to Britain and reunited with his family. He returned to Ireland as a bishop in 433 and began preaching; he spent the rest of his life ministering to the Irish. He is commonly depicted holding a shamrock, carrying a cross, or holding a serpent or a harp.
King James IV of Scotland is born; he died in 1513 at the Battle of Flodden.
Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines.
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated for the first time with a parade in New York City.
The rubber band is patented in London.
The unified Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed.
American musician Nat King Cole is born,
Mob boss Al Capone is released from prison.
Serial killer John Wayne Gacy is born.
The first car with a Porsche badge is shown in Geneva, Switzerland.
The American satellite Vanguard 1 is launched.
The Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India.
An American submarine finds a missing hydrogen bomb in the Mediterranean Sea.
A majority of white South African voters back proposed reforms and effectively endorse the end of apartheid in that country.
The Eden Project opens in England; at the time, it is the world’s largest greenhouse.