According to tradition, St. Patrick -- the patron saint of Ireland -- died in Saul.
Death of St. Gertrude of Nivelles
Harold I Harefoot, King of England, dies, is succeeded by Hardthacanute, King of Denmark
Malcolm III (Canmore) becomes King of Scotland
500 Jews massacred at York, England
Frederick II Hohenstaufen enters Jerusalem
A Synod in Bremen accuses the Stedinger Revolt of Satanism
Edward, son of Edward III of England, becomes the first to bear the title of (Royal) Duke (of Cornwall)
Death of Abd al-Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn Khaldun, historian
James I, King of Scotland born
Ferdinand Magellan discovers the Philippines
French King Francis I released from Spanish captivity
Moray and his adherents flee Edinburgh
Jost Amman. painter and engraver, buried
Sir Walter Raleigh sails for Guiana
Convening of Charles I's third Parliament
The English Parliament abolishes the office of King
Having seized Dorchester Heights, George Washington forced the British troops under William Howe to evacuate Boston during the Revolutionary War.
James Bridger, scout, fur trader, mountain man par excellance. born
Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor premiered in Warsaw with the composer in the solo role. He reported later, quote, "the potpourri on Polish themes missed fire completely," drawing only enough applause to reassure him that the audience wasn't bored.
German engineer Gottleib Daimler, inventor of the high-speed, gasoline burning, internal combustion engine born
Children's author and illustrator Kate Greenaway born
A new united kingdom of Italy was proclaimed by parliament with Victor Emmanuel II as king.
Erik Satie was born. To this day, people argue about whether he was a genius or just a quirky guy with faulty technique
The Massachusetts legislature authorized the incorporation of Wellesley Female Seminary. (It later became Wellesley College.)
The United States and China signed a treaty aimed at preventing Chinese laborers from entering the United States.
Motion pictures of a championship prize fight were taken for the first time as "Sunny" Bob Fitzsimmons knocked out "Gentleman" Jim Corbett for the world heavyweight title.
Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York.
President Theodore Roosevelt used the term "muckrake" in a speech to the Gridiron Club in Washington.
The Camp Fire Girls was founded at Lake Sebago, Maine, by Luther and Charlotte Gulick.(It was formally presented to the public exactly two years later.)
Lawrence Oates, an English explorer with Scott's expedition to Antarctica, left the tent on his 32nd birthday, saying "I am just going outside, and may be some time." He never returned.
America's first bowling tournament for ladies rolled-out in St. Louis, Missouri. About 100 women participated in the event.
Actress Mercedes McCambridge born
Jazz legend Nat "King" Cole born
The former chairwoman of the board of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams born
Ballet star Rudolf Nureyev born
Rock musician Paul Kantner born
The National Gallery of Art opened in Washington DC.
General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War Two.
Paul Kantner, musician (Jefferson Starship) born
Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly born
Singer-songwriter John Sebastian (The Loving' Spoonful) born
The bloody battle against Japanese forces for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima ended in victory for the United States.
Rock musician (War) Harold Brown born
The Brussels Treaty, a 50-year alliance between Britain, France and the Benelux countries, was signed to provide for military cooperation in the event of an attack.
Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a new radioactive element, which they named "californium."
Rock musician (Thin Lizzy) Scott Gorham born
Country singer Susie Allanson born
Actress Lesley-Anne Down born
Country singer Paul Overstreet born
The U.S. Navy successfully launched Vanguard-1, a three-and-a-half-pound satellite, into orbit around the earth.
Rock musician (Level 42) Mike Lindup born
Actress Vicki Lewis ("NewsRadio") born
The second United Nations conference on the Law of the Sea opened in Geneva, attended by 88 states. It ended on April 26 without agreement.
Actor Casey Siemaszko born
Elizabeth Ann Seton of New York was beatified. She was sainted in 1975.
Bob Cousey of the Boston Celtics played his last, regular season basketball game after 13 years in the National Basketball Association.
On Bali, the volcano Mount Agung erupted, killing at least 11,000 people.
A US midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain.
Rock musician Van Connor (Screaming Trees) born
Rock singer Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) born
Violent demonstrations against the Vietnam war erupted outside the American embassy in London. Over 300 arrests were made and 90 policeman were injured.
Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.
U.S. casts first veto in UN Security Council (The United States killed a resolution that would have condemned Britain for failure to use force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia).
Rock musician (Hole) Melissa Auf der Maur born
Actress Marisa Coughlan born
Singer Stephen Gately (Boyzone) born
Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and John Artis, who were convicted in 1966 of a murder in a bar, had their conviction overturned following attention to the case, in part due to a Bob Dylan song "Hurricane."
Cardinal Terence Cooke declined to receive Michael Flannery, the grand marshal of New York's St. Patrick's Day parade, because of Flannery's support of the Irish Republican Army.
President Reagan traveled to Quebec City, Canada, for a meeting with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney that was nicknamed the "Shamrock Summit" because of the leaders' Irish ancestries and the date -- St. Patrick's Day.
A federal appeals court cleared the way for the perjury indictment of former White House aide Michael Deaver. (The following December, a federal jury in Washington convicted Deaver of three of five perjury counts.)
Three people were killed when a man armed with guns and grenades attacked an IRA graveside service in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Planeloads of US soldiers arrived at Palmerola Air Base in Honduras in a show of strength ordered by President Reagan.
The Senate unanimously confirmed Wyoming Congressman Dick Cheney to be secretary of defense, following the failed nomination of former Sen. John Tower.
The space shuttle Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base after a mission to put a $100 million tracking and data relay satellite into orbit.
The president of Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis, rejected a deadline set by Moscow for renouncing the republic's independence.
Allied commanders from the Gulf War held a second round of cease-fire talks with Iraqi officers; the Iraqis were told they could not move their warplanes inside Iraq for any reason.
Millions of people voted in a landmark referendum on whether to preserve the splintering Soviet Union.
At least twenty-eight people were killed and more than 250 were injured in the truck bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The terrorist group Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
Democrat Bill Clinton scored big primary victories in Illinois and Michigan.
Senator Alan Dixon, D-IL, was defeated in his primary re-election bid by Carol Mosely-Braun, who went on to become the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
Helen Hayes, the "First Lady of the American Theater," died in Nyack, New York, at age 92.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher told a House subcommittee that reports the trip was a failure were "misleading," and said Beijing had made "solid improvements" in the areas of prison labor and immigration.
Flor Contemplacion, a Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for murder, despite international pleas to spare her.
The White House hosted a St. Patrick's Day reception for Irish Prime Minister John Bruton which was attended by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.
The federal government approved the nation's first chicken pox vaccine, Varivax.
In Dunblane, Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II came with flowers and sympathy as residents paused in silence to mourn 16 murdered children and their teacher.
Leftists in El Salvador won control of the capital in a mayoral election.
Anthony Lake asked President Clinton to withdraw his nomination to be CIA director, saying the partisan confirmation process had "gone haywire."
Washington Mutual announced it had agreed to buy H.F. Ahmanson and Company for $9.9 billion dollars, creating the nation's seventh-largest banking company.
A cargo craft carrying a vital set of wrenches reached Russia's Mir space station, and docking went ahead successfully. The reached Mir carrying among other items a spare set of wrenches to help open a jammed airlock and resume delayed space walks.
A college classmate and close friend of Monica Lewinsky answered questions for nearly the entire day before the grand jury investigating the White House sex scandal. Catherine Allday Davis, who like Lewinsky was a psychology major at Lewis & Clark College in Ore., testified under oath during the closed proceeding.
The first coeducational class at the once all-male Virginia Military Institute celebrated the end of seven months of hazing that transformed the "rats" into full-fledged cadets. 23 of the 30 women admitted to the Lexington, Virginia, military college the previous year crawled up a mud-soaked hill in near freezing temperatures in a tradition known as "breakout," ending months of torment by upperclassmen.
A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana has medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.
The International Olympic Committee expelled six of its members in the wake of a bribery scandal, but backed president Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Instant replay was voted back in the NFL for the 1999 season.
The United States lifted a ban on imports of Iranian luxury goods.
Smith and Wesson signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration to, among other things, include safety locks with all of its handguns to make them more childproof; in return, the agreement called for federal, state and city lawsuits against the gun maker to be dropped.
More than 300 members of a religious sect burned to death in a makeshift church in southwestern Uganda. _____________________________________________________________
Actor Robert Blake acquitted
Brazil defends China against human rights violation charges in UN
"Mao suits" fading away in China
Flexible displays soon to be in production
Dog owner to face felony charge
The Woodcraft Folk loses subsidy
McCartney campaign changing minds about IRA
Cuba defends China-Taiwan reunification
Sci-fi and fantasy author Andre Norton dies
50 Italian parliamentarians call for global summit for "a new financial architecture"
Civilians killed in U.S. raid near Balad
First Gold for NZ: Commonwealth Games
Remote New Zealand island evacuated as volcano erupts
New Zealand boarding school closed due to gastro-enteritis outbreak
New Zealand Department of Conservation leaves Raoul Island, minus one
Chinese bloggers pressure leads to kitten killer giveup
Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen will start from pole of Australian GP
Namibia: VAT on milk to stay
Football: Manchester United breeze past lackluster Bolton
Wii tops U.S. video game console sales in February
San Francisco & New York City office towers get new owner
Rugby: France wins Six Nations
Cricket World Cup: Pakistan vs Ireland
Richard Dean Anderson in Stargate Continuum DVD film
Cricket World Cup: India vs Bangladesh
China: Dalai Lama's comments are 'downright nonsense'
Court witness kidnapped in Buffalo, New York
Adam Air hits severe financial problems; may be shut down in three weeks
Mexican opposition party elects new leader
National Hockey League news: March 17, 2008
South Australian educational blog shut down
Five dead in murder-suicide in Miami, Florida
Madagascar President resigns, unclear rule in Antananarivo
Seattle's oldest newspaper to become online-only
Australian Senate to decide sport footage ownership
The Simpsons episode to premiere on Sky1
Latin America suffers drop in remittances
Austrian man who imprisoned daughter pleads guilty at start of trial
Two women in North Carolina arrested for allegedly using Family Dollar variety store as marijuana ring
Fossilized remains of small dinosaur rediscovered in Canada
El Salvador elects leftist president Funes
All bodies recovered from Canadian helicopter crash
FIFA receives eleven bids for 2018 and 2022 World Cups
British actress Natasha Richardson reportedly brain dead after skiing accident
Namibia struck by floods, president declares state of emergency
Officers reprimanded for crashing British nuclear sub
US plan for broadband Internet released
UN Security Council approves Libya no-fly zone
Japan begins using helicopters to drop water on nuclear plant
Owsley Stanley, icon of 1960s counterculture, dies at 76
CIA contractor released from Pakistan
Libyan rebels and Gaddafi troops in battle on two fronts
UK unemployment increases to 17-year peak
Expedition 26 crew returns to Earth safely
US rapper Nate Dogg dies at age 41
Indiana teen softball player recovering after lighting strike
Heavy rains welcomed in Texas
Russian scholars call on Medvedev and Putin to defend Bhagavad Gita
Andy Blair wins Capital Punishment mountain bike race