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Today in History: March 17

Today in History: March 17

461  Saint Patrick, an Italian Christian missionary, bishop and Apostle of Ireland dies.

1762  First St. Patrick’s Day parade held in New York City by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.

1845  Henry Jones, a baker in Bristol, England receives a patent for self-raising flour.

1968  Over 6,000 sheep are found dead in Skull Valley, Utah as a result of US Army nerve gas testing.

1971  British chef Martin Hadden born.

2020  St. Patrick’s Day Parades across the globe cancelled due to a Coronavirus scare, as well as curfews and closings of many restaurants, pubs, saloons and taverns.