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St. Patrick's Day
461 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.
1521 Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippines.
1755 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.
Henry Jones patented self-rising flour.
1846 Illustrator Kate Greenaway was born.
1861 The Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed.
1868 The postage stamp canceling machine was patented.
1898 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.
1930 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.
1957 Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay was killed in a plane crash.
1959 The Dalai Lama fled
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.
1993 Stage and movie actress Helen Hayes died.
2006 Fashion designer Oleg Cassini died.
2016 Actor Larry Drake died.
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