A Historical Day

(1413) Henry V assumes the throne of England
1413 With the death of his father, the 26-year-old Henry V assumes England’s throne. Later crowned on April 9, 1413, he will go on to lead a stirring victory at Agincourt, almost conquer France, and be immortalized more than a century later by Shakespeare. .
(1616) Sir Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London
Explorer of exotic lands, Queen Elizabeth’s confidant, and the Tower of London’s prisoner for the last 13 years, Sir Walter Raleigh is today freed. Ill fortune finds him again two years later and he will be executed. . 1616
(1942) General MacArthur promises, “I shall return”
1942 Having retreated from the war-torn, Japanese-dominated Philippines to the relative safety of Australia, General Douglas MacArthur makes a speech, vowing “I shall return.” He will do just that two years later, to lead the Philippines Campaign of 1944 and ’45. .
(2003) The Iraq War begins
Coalition forces from the US, UK, Australia, and Poland begin moving from the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border into Basra Province, and the invasion of Iraq is underway. The ensuing conflict, which will come to be known as the Iraq War, will end eight years later. . 2003

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(1932) Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge opens
1932 Up to 1 million citizens celebrate the opening of the magnificent new bridge spanning Sydney Harbour. Nicknamed ‘the coat hanger,’ it’s the world’s tallest steel arch bridge and the widest long-span bridge. .
(1941) Tuskegee Airmen squadron is activated
The 99th Pursuit Squadron is the first all-black unit in the US Army Air Corps. The squad of enlisted men will become the core of other black squadrons, collectively nicknamed the Tuskegee Airmen, that will go on to serve with great distinction in World War II’s North African and Italian campaigns.. 1941
(1953) The Oscars are first broadcast on TV
1953 The 25th Annual Academy Awards are held in Los Angeles and beamed into living rooms across the country as NBC televises the ceremony for the first time. ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ is awarded the Best Picture award..
(1962) Bob Dylan’s first album is released
A 21-year-old folk singer from Minnesota sees his self-titled debut LP, filled mostly with his Woody Guthrie-inspired takes on folk standards, released on Columbia Records. The album will not sell well and most critics are left unimpressed. Dylan’s fortunes, however, will soon be a-changin’ for the better.. 1962

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(1925) Deadliest tornado in US history strikes three states
1925 For seven hours, a massive tornado wreaks destruction over some 200 miles, the longest twister track in recorded history, roaring through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. The twister kills 695 people and causes an estimated $1.4 billion in damage..
(1962) Algerian War ends in a truce
Seven years of war and 132 years of French rule come to an end in Algeria as the Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) and France sign a peace agreement. Hundreds of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict.. 1962
(1965) USSR’s Alexey Leonov takes the first spacewalk
1965 Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov emerges from his spacecraft and spends 12 minutes suspended in outer space, with only a tether connecting him to his craft. It’s humankind’s first “extravehicular activity,” or EVA. .
(1990) $500 million worth of art nabbed
Disguised as cops, brazen thieves enter Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and make off with 13 invaluable artworks, including paintings by Vermeer and Rembrandt. The crime will remain unsolved. . 1990

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(461) Patrick, Irish bishop, dies
461 Legend has it that on this day the Christian missionary and bishop Patrick dies in Ireland. He will be revered for his works and life, and by the seventh century he will have become Ireland’s patron saint. Patrick’s thoughts on green beer and ‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ t-shirts will be lost to the ages..
(1337) Edward, the ‘Black Prince,’ is England’s first duke
Beloved for his military heroism, King Edward III’s son, Edward of Woodstock, receives the first duchy granted in England, becoming Duke of Cornwall. The “Black Prince” will die before his father and never ascend the throne.. 1337
(1905) Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt marry
1905 Arguably the most accomplished power couple in American political history is united in marriage, as Eleanor Roosevelt’s uncle Teddy gives away his niece at her wedding to a distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt. .
(1969) Israel elects its first female prime minister
Golda Meir makes history as Israel’s first woman prime minister and only the fourth woman in the world to lead a national government. She will be nicknamed ‘The Iron Lady’ and hold office until she resigns five years later. . 1969

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.