March 17 in Pop Culture History
461 – Saint Patrick died in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
1762 – The first Saint Patrick Parade was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army in New York City.
1885 – The medical report of the deformities of Joseph Carey Merrick – The ‘Elephant Man’ – was presented to the Pathological Society of London by Dr. Frederick Treves.
1947 – First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
1958 – The United States launched the Vanguard 1 satellite.
1973 -After it was released, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon album stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for 736 weeks, the most consecutive number of weeks any album was ever on the chart.
1980 – The Supreme Court concerning whether a patent could be issued for a genetically-engineered bacterium in the case of Diamond vs. Chakrabarty. On June 16th, they decided yes, it could be patented.
1901 – 11 years after his suicide, 71 paintings by Vincent van Gogh were shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris.
1958 – The US launched the Vanguard I satellite, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1992 – A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa was passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
2005 – Spamalot (Broadway Musical) Opened on March 17, 2005 and Closed: January 11, 2009
2012 – #1 Hit March 17, 2012 – April 27, 2012: Fun featuring Janelle Monae – We Are Young