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This Day in History for March 17

This Day In History1756 – St. Patrick’s Day is first celebrated in New York City at the Crown & Thistle Tavern.

1845 – Bristol man Henry Jones patents self-rising flour.

1868 – Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued.

1898 – John Philip Holland achieves successful test run from the first modern submarine of Staten Island, submerging for 1 hour 40 minutes.

1926 – Richard Rogers & L Hart’s musical “Girl Friend” premieres in NYC.

1929 – General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel.

1956 – 8th Emmy Awards: “Ed Sullivan Show”, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win.

1960 – US President Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA.

1961 – NY DA arrest professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players.

1963 – Boston Celtic guard, Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game.

1983 – 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy.

1987 – IBM releases PC-DOS version 3.3.

1988 – Highest scoring NCAA basketball game: Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115.

1991 – New Jersey raises turnpike tolls 70%.

1993 – 19th People’s Choice Awards: Kevin Costner & Demi Moore win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Candice Bergen win (TV).

1995 – US approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co.

2001 – OPEC decides to cut output by 4% or 1 million barrels per day, effective April 1.

2008 – New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute.  David Paterson becomes acting New York governor.

2012 – MESSENGER spacecraft begins its extended mission.

2017 – Live-action remake “Beauty and the Beast” directed by Bill Cordon and starring Emma Watson opens.

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