On This Day in History, Mar. 17, 2021

  • 461 – Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies.
  • 1601 – The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in what is now St. Augustine, Florida.
  • 1842 – LDS Relief Society formed
  • 1910 – Camp Fire Girls is established as the first interracial, non-sectarian American organization for girls.
  • 1917 – Loretta Perfectus Walsh became the first woman to join the navy and the first woman to officially join the military in a role other than a nurse
  • 1902 – Alice Greenough Orr is born. She carried mail at age 15, joined a Wild West show, became a professional rodeo rider in 1921 and earned about $12,000 yearly.
  • 1919 – Nat King Cole is born.
  • 1969 – Golda Meir elected as Israel’s first female prime minister. She is still the only woman to have held this post.
  • 1970 – Mia Hamm is born.