March 17 Dateline

Special Feature today:

St. Patrick's Day, patron saint of Ireland.   

This day is also dedicated to Saint Joseph of Arimathea, who laid the body of Jesus in the tomb. Legend has it that he was a tin merchant who traveled to Cornwall and Glastonbury, who knows, perhaps with young Jesus along.  The legend is behind the words of the famous poet William Blake in his hymn "Jerusalem" that begins with: "And did those feet, in ancient time, walk upon England's mountain green?"

Famous Birthdays

1473 - King James I of Scotland and England
1834 - Gottlieb Daimler, Inventor
1846 - Kate Greenaway, Children's Writer
1917 - Nat "King" Cole, American Jazz Pianist
1938 - Rudolf Nureyev, Ballet Dancer
1954 - Lesley-Anne Down, Actress

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Historical Events

1845 - Stephen Perry patents the first rubber band in England.

1830 - F. Chopin makes his concert debut in Warsaw as soloist in his Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21.
Pianist Arthur Rubinstein interprets Chopin's work, with Andre Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Great pianist that he was, Rubinstein was 87 (or 88) and nearly blind when this video was recorded. (YouTube, uploaded by berlinzerberus. Accessed March 17, 2017)

1861 - The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed with King Victor Emmanuel as the first regent.

1969 - Golda Meier, one of the founders of Israel, becomes Prime Minister and serves until 1974.

1930 - Clyde W. Tombaugh announces the discovery of the ninth planet in the solar system. On May 24 of this year, 1930, it is named Pluto.

2002 - Robert Mugabe is sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe after being re-elected in an election alleged neither free nor fair on March 13, then, on March 19, the Commonwealth of Nations suspended Zimbabwe for one year due to election rigging.


1. Asiado, Tel. The World's Movers and Shapers. New Hampshire: Ore Mountain Publishing House (2005)
2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timestables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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