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March 17th History

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Saint Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated every year on March 17th. It is a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland as well as the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Laborador.

St. Patrick's Day was a religious holiday, dedicated the Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, until 1903 when it became public by the Bank Holiday Act fo 1903. The Irish Memeber of Parliment, James O'Mara, later introduced a law that all pubs be, wait for it, closed on March 17th. Suprisingly this law stuck around until the 1970's, when people finally realized that St. Patrick's Day is all about drinking, drinking, drinking.

Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick was born around the end of the fourth century A.D. in Britain. Although his father was a Christian deacon, their family was not a very religous one. At 16, Saint Patrick was taken into slavery by a group of Irish thieves who took over his home village. During his time in captivity, he spent a lot of time alone and in this time turned to God, becoming more religious. After six years, Saint Patrick escaped and went to Gaul where he studied in a monestary for 12-15 years. After being ordinated as a priest, Saint Patrick was sent to Ireland to be a minister as well as conver the non-Christian Irish. His mission lasted for 30 years.

The Parade
The first St. Patrick's Day Parade was actually held in New York City in 1962. It consisted of Irish soldiers serving in the English military marching the streets of the city. "Each year, nearly three million people line the one-and-a-half mile parade route to watch the procession, which takes more than five hours. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades including between 10,000 to 20,000 participants." - The History Channel

The traditional meal of Saint Patrick's Day is corned beef, boiled potatoes and mashed cabbage, as well is Guiness Beer.
The shamrock is a special part of the holiday; in ancient Ireland it symbolized the rebirth of spring. Since then, the shamrock has become a symbol of Irish nationalism and pride. It is also said that Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to demonstrate the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The color green is associated with the holiday for a few, obvious reasons. The first is because of the shamrock, which the Irish hold close to their culture. Also, green is on the national Irish flag, where is represents all the green pastures of the country.

March 17th In Pop Culture History

461 - Saint Patrick died in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

1762 - The first parade Saint Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland) was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army in New York City.

1885 - The medical report of the deformities of Joseph Carey Merrick - The 'Elephant Man' - was presented to the Pathological Society of London by Dr. Frederick Treves.

1947 - First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.

1958 - The United States launched the Vanguard 1 satellite.

1973 -After it was released, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon album stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for 736 weeks, the most consecutive number of weeks any album was ever on the chart.

1980 - The Supreme Court concerning whether a patent could be issued for a genetically-engineered bacterium in the case of Diamond vs. Chakrabarty. On June 16th, they decided yes, it could be patented.

1901 - 11 years after his suicide, 71 paintings by Vincent van Gogh were shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris.

1958 - The US launched the Vanguard I satellite, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

1992 - A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa was passed 68.7% to 31.2%.

2005 - Broadway Show - Spamalot (Musical) March 17, 2005

2012 - #1 Hit March 17, 2012 - April 27, 2012: Fun featuring Janelle Monae - We Are Young

The original Lucky Charms cereal included, yellow moons, green clovers, orange stars and pink hearts.

March 17th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Olesya Rulin (1986)
Mia Hamm (1972)
Kurt Russell (1951)
Gary Sinese (1955)
Billy Corgan (1967)
Bobby JOnes (1902)
Leslie-Anne Down (1954)
Rob Lowe (1964)
Shemp Howard (1895)
Caroline Corr (1973)
Nat King Cole (1919)
Why is March the 17th Saint Patrick's Day?
1. It was the day he died.
2. He was born on the 8th or 9th, and they compromised by adding them together to the 17th.


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