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This Day in History – March 17

This Day In History1753—First official St. Patrick’s Day.

1762—First St. Patrick’s Day parade in NYC.
1836—Texas abolishes slavery.
1854—1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Mass.
1868—Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued.
1871—National Association of Professional Base-Ball players organized.
1884—John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight, Otay, Calif.
1898—1st practical submarine 1st submerges, NYC (for 1 hour 40 minutes)
1906—The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
1929—General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel.
1942—General Douglas MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander.
1953—Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St. Louis Browns for $2.475M.
1958—Navy launches Vanguard 1 into orbit (2nd US), measures Earth shape.
1961—NY DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players.
1963—Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game.
1978—Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 million gallons of oil off French coast.
1988—Iran says Iraq uses poison gas.
1991—NJ raises turnpike tolls 70%.
1994—It is announced there is no smoking in Cleveland Indians new ballpark.
1997—CNN begins Spanish broadcasts.
2008—New York Governor Elliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute.  David Paterson becomes acting New York State Governor.
2013—Pope Francis delivers his first Angelus prayer and blessing.
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