Today in 461, St. Patrick reportedly died.
Today in 1755, the Transylvania Land Company bought land that became the state of Kentucky for $50,000 from Cherokee Indian Chief Oconostota. The English translation of his name? “Groundhog Sausage.”
Today in 1756, Patrick's Day Parade was celebrated in New York City for the first time.
Today in 1766, the British repealed the Stamp Act that had caused much resentment among North American colonists.
Today in 1865, John Wilkes Booth’s plan to abduct U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was ruined when Lincoln changed plans and didn’t appear at the Soldier’s Home near Washington, D.C.
Today in 1878,the first large city telephone exchange opened in San Francisco…with a whopping 18 phones.
Today in 1889, John Phillip Holland performed the first successful diving and surfacing tests of his submarine, Holland IV, off Staten Island, New York.
Today in 1960, President Eisenhower formed the anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA.
Today in 1968, Bee Gees make their American television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Today in 1972, President Nixon asked Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.
Today in 1999, a panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana has medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.
Today in 2008, New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson became the acting New York State governor.
Today in 2013, Pope Francis delivered his first Angelus prayer and blessing.
Today in 2019, Facebook removed 1.5-million videos of the Christchurch mosque shootings in first 24-hours after the attack, although only 1.2-million blocked at upload.