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St. Patrick's Day

Patrick461 Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, died.

1328 King Robert I of England recognized the independence of Scotland.

1473 King James IV of Scotland was born.

Ferdinand Magellan1521 Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippines.

Transylvania1755 The Transylvania Land Company bought what is now Kentucky from a Cherokee chief.

1776 The British evacuated Boston.

1777 Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born.

1804 American frontiersman Jim Bridger was born.

1834 Motorcycle inventor Gottlieb Daimler was born.

1845 Henry Jones patented self-rising flour.
1845 Stephen Perry patented the rubber band.

1846 Illustrator Kate Greenaway was born.

1861 The Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed.

1868 The postage stamp canceling machine was patented.

Blanche Kelso Bruce1898 Blanche Kelso Bruce, the first Black to be elected to the U.S. Senate for a full term, died.

1902 Golfer Bobby Jones was born.

1906 The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity was founded, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

1908 Tommy Burns KO'd Jem Roche in 88 seconds to win the heavyweight boxing title in record time.

1912 Canp Fire Girls was organized.

1917 Delta Phi Epsilon was founded, at New York University Law School.
1917 Singer Nat King Cole was born.

Empire State Building1930 Construction of the Empire State Building began.

1931 Nevada legalized gambling.

1938 Dancer Rudolf Nureyev was born.

1949 Actor Patrick Duffy was born.

1951 Actor Kurt Russell was born.

1955 Actor Gary Sinise was born.

Fred Allen1956 Radio and television personality Fred Allen died.
Irene Joliet-Curie1956 Nobel Prize-winning chemist Irčne Joliot-Curie died.

1957 Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay was killed in a plane crash.

1959 The Dalai Lama fled Tibet.
USS Skate1959 The U.S.S. Skate became the first submarine to surface at the North Pole.

1964 Actor Rob Lowe was born.

1965 Football player Amos Alonzo Stagg died.

1969 The Beech King Air 100 made its first flight.

1972 Soccer player Mia Hamm was born.

Helen Hayes1993 Stage and movie actress Helen Hayes died.

2006 Fashion designer Oleg Cassini died.

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