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.