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* On March 17, 1762, in New York City, the first parade honoring the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. Early Irish settlers to the American colonies, many of whom were indentured servants, brought the Irish tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s feast day to America.
* On March 11, 1818, “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus,” is published. The book, by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is frequently called the world’s first science-fiction novel.
* On March 12, 1933, eight days after his inauguration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives his first national radio address, or “fireside chat,” broadcast from the White House. Roosevelt made sure each address was understandable to ordinary Americans.
* On March 13, 1944, Britain announces that all travel between Ireland and the United Kingdom is suspended, the result of the Irish government’s refusal to expel Axis-power diplomats within its borders. Ireland stood its ground.
* On March 14, 1950, the Federal Bureau of Investigation institutes the “Ten Most Wanted” list in an effort to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives. The creation of the program arose out of a news story in 1949 about the “toughest guys” the FBI wanted to capture.
* On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all. On Aug. 6, 1965, Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
* On March 15, 1972, “The Godfather” - a three-hour epic chronicling the lives of the Corleones, an Italian-American crime family led by the powerful Vito Corleone - is released in theaters. “The Godfather” was adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Mario Puzo.
* On March 16, 1985, in Beirut, Lebanon, Islamic militants kidnap American journalist Terry Anderson. On Dec. 4, 1991, Anderson’s captors finally released him after 2,455 days. Anderson spent his entire captivity blindfolded.