Also on this day…
461 – Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. Ireland celebrates this day in his honor. (More about St. Patrick’s Day)
1930 – Al Capone was released from jail.
1930 – In New York, construction began on the Empire State Building. Excavation at the site began on January 22.
1950 – Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced that they had created a new radioactive element. They named it “californium”. It is also known as element 98.
1966 – A U.S. submarine found a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
1976 – Stephen Gately – Singer (Boyzone) born.
1987 – Our very own, ‘in-house’ Gladiator, Ben Ackner was born.
1989 – A series of solar flares caused a violent magnetic storm that brought power outages over large regions of Canada.
1992 – White South Africans approved constitutional reforms to give legal equality to blacks.
1999 – A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.