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MARCH 17

1804 Jim Bridger (Virginia-born Pioneer, Frontiersman) Jim Bridger Westward Expansion Fort Bridger
1884 Frank "Bring 'Em Back Alive" Buck (Texas-born Animal Trapper) Texas Explorers Animals Zoos Texas State Historical Society
1939 Robin Knox-Johnston (English Adventurer; First Person to Sail Non-stop and Solo Around the World) English Explorers Naval History Greenwich Guide
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1737 Charitable Irish Society of Boston Hosts America's First Saint Patrick's Day Municipal Celebration Boston, Massachusetts St. Patrick's Day Historic Firsts Charitable Irish Society of Boston Concordia
1762 Irish Soldiers Serving in the British Army Hold the First Saint Patrick's Day Parade in New York City New York City St. Patrick's Day Historic Firsts The History Channel
1808 The City of Detroit Holds Its First Saint Patrick's Day Celebration Detroit St. Patrick's Day Historic Firsts Historical Society of Michigan (pdf)
1830 Frederic Chopin Makes His Concert Debut in Warsaw, Poland, Performing His Own Piano Concerto in f-minor Frederic Chopin Composers Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1851 St. Paul Hosts Minnesota's First St. Patrick's Day Parade St. Paul, Minnesota St. Patrick's Day Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1855 The First Law School in Texas Is Created at Austin College Texas Education Education Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Society
1894 18 Dutch Colonists Arrive on Washington's Whidbey Island and Settle in Oak Harbor The Netherlands Oak Harbor, Washington Immigration Oak Harbor, Washington History Link
1869 Iowa State University Begins Its First Term of Classes Iowa Education Historic Firsts Iowa State University Historical Society of Iowa
1899 German Ship Elbe Runs Aground in Fog, Sends First Radio Distress Signal Naval History Radio Historic Firsts Marconi Calling
1901 Vincent Van Gogh's Paintings Are First Shown at the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery in Paris Paris Museums Vincent Van Gogh Historic Firsts Bernheim-Jeune Gallery Writer's Almanac The History Channel
1910 Camp Fire Girls Is Formed As the First U.S. Organization Open to Girls of All Religions Camp Fire USA Religion Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac
1914 New York Fifth Avenue Coach Co. Introduces First Bus with Seats Facing Forward New York City Historic Firsts History Channel
1941 Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Airport Is Named in Honor of General Billy Mitchell Billy Mitchell Military Aviation General Mitchell International Airport Wisconsin Historical Society
1946 Jackie Robinson Plays His First Exhibition Game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona Beach, Florida Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1953 Tennessee Williams' Camino Real Is First performed at the National Theater in New York City New York City Tennessee Williams Plays Historic Firsts Internet Broadway Database
1954 Quincy Porter's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Concerto Concertante" for Two Pianos and Orchestra Is First Performed in Louisville, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Connecticut Composers American Composers Historic Firsts 1954 Pulitzer Prize in Music American Public Media
1958 U.S. Launches Its Second Satellite Vanguard I to Test 3-Stage Rocket Space Exploration NASA
1962 Wing Luke (Seattle City Council) Is First Chinese American Elected to a Major Post in the Continental U.S.A Seattle, Washington Elections Asian-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts History Link
1969 Golda Meir Sworn in As Israel's First Female Prime Minister Israel Golda Meir Women Historic Firsts Prime Minister of Israel The New York Times
1970 The Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Is Dedicated Space Exploration NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama Alabama Archives

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