March 17

This Day in History

1919

Nat “King” Cole Is Born

On this day in 1919, preeminent jazz pianist and musical personality Nat "King" Cole, was born. Known for his soft baritone, Cole was one of the first black Americans to host a TV variety … (more...)

1901

Van Gogh paintings shown

On March 17, 1901, paintings by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh are shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris, France. The 71 paintings, which captured their subjects in bold brushstrokes and … (more...)

1845

Rubber Band Patented

On this day in 1845, the British inventor Stephen Perry received a patent for the rubber band. It is no stretch of the imagination to consider the contribution Perry made to modern life colossal. For … (more...)

AD461

Wearing of the Green – St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a religious and cultural celebration that is held annually on 17 March – the date of the death of Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland in AD 461. The day is a commemoration of … (more...)