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3/17/2023 12:04:00 AM
Today In History - March 17

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Today in History in 461 St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, dies in Saul (according to legend); in 1756 St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in New York City at the Crown & Thistle Tavern; and in 1973 Queen Elizabeth opened the new London Bridge.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 45 BC - In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
  • 432 - St Patrick aged 16 is carried off to Ireland as a slave (traditional date)
  • 1521 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines
  • 1756 - St Patrick's Day 1st celebrated in NYC at Crown & Thistle Tavern
  • 1898 - 1st practical submarine submerges of Staten Island, New York City for 1 hour 40 minutes in test runs by engineer John Philip Holland.
  • 1901 - A showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation.
  • 1939 - Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out.
  • 1942 - Belzec Concentration Camp opens-30,000 Lublin Polish Jews transported
  • 1973 - Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1881 - Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1902 - Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1919 - Nat "King" Cole, Montgomery Ala, singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa)
  • 1944 - John Sebastian, singer (Loving Spoonful, Welcome Back Kotter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 - Pattie Boyd, English photographer and author (Mrs George Harrison/Mrs Eric Clapton)
  • 1949 - Patrick Duffy, Townsend Mont, actor (Bobby-Dallas, Man from Atlantis)
  • 1951 - Kurt Russell, actor (Thing, Overboard, Mean Seasons), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

  • 1905 - Eleanor Roosevelt (20) marries Franklin D. Roosevelt (23) later 32nd US President in New York, & given away by her uncle, 26th President Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1944 - Actor Charlton Heston weds Lydia Clarke
  • 1955 - Erotic writer Anaïs Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband
  • 1961 - Actor Christopher Lee (38) weds actress Gitte Lee (25)
  • 1966 - The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 - Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behavior

Famous Deaths

  • 461 - St Patrick, patron St of Ireland, dies in Saul (according to legend)
  • 1853 - Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist, dies at 49
  • 1956 - Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, Nobel laureate, dies at 58
  • 1993 - Helen Hayes, actress (Airport), dies of congestive heart failure at 92

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