FIRST ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE ON THIS DATE IN 1756

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The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade (depicted above) was held, not in Dublin,
but on lower Broadway in New York in 1762 by homesick ex-patriots and Irish soldiers serving in the British army stationed in the American colonies in New York city.

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PLANET DISCOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1930

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Astronomer/professor Clyde W. Tombaugh (above) was the first to discover the
planet Pluto while taking  photos of the night sky from Lowell Observatory in  
Flagstaff, Arizona. The discovery made headlines across the world.

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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED ~ ON THIS DATE IN 1959

Investigators came to the conclusion that the crash was due to a combination
of poor weather conditions and pilot error.
 

 

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THIRD MOON LANDING ON THIS DAY IN 1971

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Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program , the third to land on
the Moon. It was the last of the "H missions", targeted landings with two-day stays on
the Moon with two lunar EVA’s, or moonwalks. The crew for the nine-day mission included , from left to right, Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Commander Alan
Shepard, and Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa. Shepard and Mitchell made their lunar landing on February  5 in an area originally targeted for the aborted Apollo 13 mission. During the two lunar EVS’s, 93 pounds of Moon rocks were collected and several surface  experiments were conducted. Commander Shepard hit two golf
balls while on the lunar surface with a make-shift club he brought from Earth.

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       Commander Alan Shepard hitting a golf ball on the lunar surface

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                          Autographed golf ball used by Shepard

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U.S. SOLDIER EXECUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1945

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Edward Donald Slovik (above) was a private in the U.S Army during World War ll and the only American soldier to be court-martialled and executed for desertion since the Civil War.

Over 21,000 American soldiers were given varying sentences for desertion during World War II, including 49 death sentences,but Slovik’s was the only death sentence carried out.

Slovik’s execution was the basis for a 1954 book by William Bradford Huie.The book was adapted for a TV movie in 1974 starring Martin Sheen and also called The Execution of Private Slovik.

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