On This Day in History, March 17

March 17 marks St. Patrick’s Day. A celebration of the Saint of Ireland for his contribution to Christianity. Learn more about the holiday with our St. Patrick’s trivia.

Here is a list of world-historical moments that occurred on this date, March 17. Read on!

  • 1868 -The postage stamp canceling machine patent was issued.
  • 1898 -John Philip Holland achieved a successful test run for the first modern submarine off Staten Island, submerging for 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • 1909-The communications industry in France was paralyzed by strikes.
  • 1914-Russia increased the number of the active-duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
  • 1930-In New York, construction began on the Empire State Building.
  • 1932-German police raided Adolf Hitler’s Nazi headquarters.
  • 1941-The National Gallery of Art was officially opened by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC.
  • 1942-General Doug MacArthur arrived in Australia to become the supreme commander.
  • 1950-Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced that they had created a new radioactive element.
  • 1953-Bill Veeck said he will sell his 80% of St Louis Browns for $2,475M.
  • 1953– After Maurice Richard was suspended, riots broke out in Montreal. 37 people were injured and over 100 are arrested.
  • 1967-Snoopy and Charlie Brown of “Peanuts” were on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.
  • 1973-Twenty were killed in Cambodia when a bomb went off that was meant for Cambodian President Lon Nol.
  • 1992-White South Africans approved constitutional reforms to give legal equality to blacks.
  • 1999-A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.
  • 1999-The International Olympic Committee expelled six of its members for bribery allegations.
  • 2000-In Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, and the Labour Party, took office as Prime Minister.
  • 2004-NASA’s Messenger became the first spacecraft to enter into orbit around Mercury.
  • 2013– Pope Francis delivered his first Angelus prayer and blessing.
  • 2017– Live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” was directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson opened.

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