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:
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.