On This Day…

On This Day…


Welcome to your weekend. We’re glad you are here!

As we sink into the middle of March, time shows no signs of slowing down, which is why we like to take a little time on weekend mornings to intentionally start with a slower “scroll down memory lane.”

It’s a simple look back at events that happened on these days in history before we head out and make new history today. So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll! And, with St. Paddy’s Day on deck tomorrow how about a little Irish blessing as well?

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.

Tomorrow is Sunday, March 17th, the 77th day of the year.

On this day:

In 461 A.D., St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland died.

In 1737, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated publicly in the 13 colonies for the first time in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1776, George Washington forced British troops to evacuate Boston, ending what was known as the Siege of Boston.

In 1845, the rubber band was patented by Stephen Perry of London.

In 1853, Austrian physicist Christian Doppler died. His study on the effects of velocity helped develop the Doppler Effect, which greatly influenced radar, navigation and astronomy.

In 1958, the United States launched Vanguard One. It became the second U.S. satellite to orbit Earth.

In 1959, a major uprising in Tibet against Chinese rule forced The Dalai Lama to flee the area in disguise.

In 1993, legendary actress Helen Hayes died at the age of 92. She is known as “The First Lady of the American Theater.”

In 1995, the federal government approved the nation’s first chicken pox vaccine, Viravax.

In 1999, the International Olympic Committee expelled six of its members in the wake of a bribery scandal.

In 2000, Smith and Wesson signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration to 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.

In 2004, Utah Governor Olene Walker signed a bill to eliminate the use of firing squads during executions. Utah was the only state left which gave death row prisoners the option of choosing death by firing squad.

In 2005, Sammy Sosa, Curt Schilling and Mark McGwire joined Hall of fame pitcher and U.S. Senator Jim Bunning in testifying before Congress during a hearing on steroid use in Major League Baseball.

In 2005, after a contentious court battle, doctors removed the feeding tube that kept brain damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo alive for 15 years. The right-to-die case received national attention, pitting Schiavo’s husband, Michael, against her family.

In 2008, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned after a scandal involving an escort. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson ascended to the governor’s post.

In 2009, crowds of demonstrators chanted “war criminal” and tossed shoes as they protested a visit by former President George W. Bush to Calgary, Alberta in Canada. Police arrested at least two protestors before the luncheon event, which cost 400 Canadian dollars a plate.

In 2016, Emmy-winning actor Larry Drake, who played Benny on “L.A. Law”, died at the age of 62.

In 2016, Sea world announced that the current generation of killer whales at their parks will be the last. The park has come under fire for its killer whale breeding program, especially since the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.”

In 2016, direct mail delivery to Cuba became available on this day for the first time in more than 50 years.

In 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrived in the US for face-to-face meetings with Donald Trump.

And that brings us here to this day. So, whatever plans you have for your own 3.16-3.17.2024 here’s hoping there are moments along the way to add to the pages of your own history books and that your Irish eyes are smilin’.

Thanks for stopping by!

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