Born On This Day:

  • James IV of Scotland, 1473
  • Edmund Kean, 1789
  • Gottlieb Daimler, 1834
  • Frank Buck, 1884
  • Gloria Swanson, 1899
  • Bobby Jones, 1902
  • Mercedes McCambridge, 1918
  • Nat King Cole, 1919
  • Monique Van Vooren, 1933
  • Rudolph Nureyev, 1938
  • Paul Kantner, 1942
  • John Sebastian, 1944
  • Patrick Duffy, 1949
  • Kurt Russell, 1951
  • Lesley-Ann Down, 1954
  • Rob Lowe, 1964
  • Alexander McQueen, 1969
  • Caroline Corr, 1973

Died On This Day:

  • Marcus Aurelius, AD 180
  • Saint Patrick, AD 461
  • Francois VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, 1680
  • Christian Doppler , 1853
  • Fred Allen, 1956
  • Luchino Visconti, 1976
  • Capucine suicide, 1990
  • Helen Hayes, 1993
  • Mai Zetterling, 1994
  • Oleg Cassini, 2006

Today's Events:

  • AD 389 - St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, allegedly drove all snakes out of Ireland.
  • AD 461 - On the day of his death in Saul, first St. Patrick's Day celebrated in Ireland. (Traditional)
  • AD 988 - City of Dublin, Ireland founded.
  • 1737 - First St. Patrick's Day celebration in America at Boston.
  • 1762 - First St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City led by Irish soldiers serving in British army.
  • 1776 - British troops withdraw from Boston forced by General George Washington and his Continental Army.
  • 1845 - Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of Perry & Co, London.
  • 1861 - Kingdom of Italy proclaimed under King Victor Emmanuel II, first king of a united Italy.
  • 1862 - U. S. Paper money inc. $5, $10, and $20 (with Hamilton, Lincoln and Liberty) become legal tender.
  • 1897 - Bob Fitzsimmons knocks out James Corbett in 14th to become World Heavyweight boxing champ.
  • 1898 - First submarine launched by Holland Torpedo Boat Co. of New York.
  • 1901 - The late Vincent van Gogh's 71 painting show at Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris causes sensation.
  • 1910 - Camp Fire Girls organization founded.
  • 1921 - Marie Stopes opens world's first family planning clinic in London.
  • 1940 - Existence of Brooklyn kill-for-hire gang called Murder, Inc. revealed.
  • 1949 - First car to carry the Porsche family name introduced at 19th international Auto Show in Geneva.
  • 1950 - Scientists at University of California, Berkeley discover new element, californium, heaviest known.
  • 1963 - Volcano erupts in Bali; 11,000 dead.
  • 1969 - Golda Meir, age 70, becomes Israel's first Prime Minister.
  • 2008 - David Paterson becomes first black governor of New York and first blind governor in US history after resignation of sex scandal-disgraced Eliot Spitzer.
  • 2011 - Spacecraft Messenger, launched 2005, goes into orbit of planet Mercury and transmits 363 images.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Patrick (died today 461 AD)
  • Gertrude of Nivelles
  • Joseph of Arimathaea


  • National Day in Ireland

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SHROVE TUESDAY. Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fastnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S. & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
  • PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
  • HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring), celebrated early March
  • LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
  • SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
  • CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
  • TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
  • PESACH or Passover (Jewish), begins 15th day of lunar month Nisan thru 22nd
  • PALM SUNDAY, Sunday before Easter and first day of Holy Week.
  • MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday before Easter
  • GOOD FRIDAY, Friday before Easter
  • LAILAT AL-QADR, I'D AL-FITR & IDU'L FITAR, Muslim Festivals
  • EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches
  • CHING MING FESTIVAL & QING MING (Singapore), All Souls Day in Far East
  • NOTE; EASTER is also called Ostern in Germany and Switzerland, Pasqua in Italy, Pascua Florida or Domingo de Gloria in Spain, Pâques in France, Velykos in Lithuania, Wielkanoc in Polish, Pasha in Greece, Påske in Norway, Påskdagen in Sweden, Zadig in Armenia, Paschen in The Netherlands, Paschoa in Portugal,
  • EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
  • RAMA-NAVAMI, Hindu Festival of Rama, celebrated at the end of March
  • CH'ING MING, Festival of Pure Brightness in China (Beginning of second moon (about March 21)
  • NAEFELSERFAHRT, Swiss pilgrimage the first Thursday in April to Näfels
  • COMMONWEALTH DAY in Britain Second Monday in March
  • MOTHERING SUNDAY - fourth Sunday of Lent celebrated in England


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