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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for March 17, 2021

A picture of the Statue of St. Patrick.
The Statue of St. Patrick on Slieve Patrick in County Down, Northern Ireland.

It was on this date in 461 that St. Patrick was thought to have died. For over a thousand years, the Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday. The first big St. Patrick's Day parade held in America was in 1762. It was in New York City.