This Day in History: March 17th

Here are 10 significant things that happened on March 17th throughout history:

  1. 1860 – The First Taranaki War begins in New Zealand between Māori and British colonial forces.
  2. 180 – Marcus Aurelius dies, ending the Pax Romana.
  3. 461 – Bishop Patrick (St. Patrick) died in Ireland.
  4. 1762 – The first St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in New York City by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.
  5. 1861 – The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed with Victor Emmanuel II as its king.
  6. 1905 – Eleanor Roosevelt marries Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York City.
  7. 1941 – The National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C.
  8. 1958 – The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
  9. 1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  10. 1992 – White South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favor of ending apartheid and establishing a new multi-racial democracy.

It is traditionally believed that Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died on March 17, 461 in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and is known for using the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity. He is also associated with driving the snakes out of Ireland, although this is likely a metaphor for his efforts to convert the Irish people away from their pagan beliefs. Saint Patrick is widely venerated in Ireland and is celebrated on March 17th as Saint Patrick’s Day, a cultural and religious holiday.

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