17th March 1913 (Monday)

BORN TODAY – Manohar Aich, Indian  bodybuilder, and  Charles McManis, US organ builder. Respectively Mr Universe (group III) 1952 and a founder member of the American Institute of Organ Builders.

Arms Race: The Uruguayan Air Force is founded.

At Govan on the Clyde (Scotland) the Fairfield Shipping Company launch HMS Fortune, the twenty first ship of the  British Royal Navy to carry that name. In just over three years she will be sunk at the Battle of Jutland (31 May/ 1st June 1916).

Music and entertainment: In Transylvania, Bela Bartok the Hungarian composer completes his two weeks collecting Romanin folk music.

Society and Culture: Buffalo, New York holds its first ever St Patrick’s Day Parade, when a group of Buffalo’s Irish immigrants decide to manifest their allegiance to both their native and their adopted countries. The first Parade Marshal Mike Quinn leads a group of 5,000 marchers from the Elk Street Market Terminal to Euclid Place and back in sub-zero temperatures.


Meanwwhile, in warmer climes, further South, Port Orange, in Volusia County, Florida (first settled in 1867) achieves “town status”.

HAPPY CENTENARY to the currently estimated 56,000 inhabitants of Port Orange “City”.

For those in the area: “The Centennial Celebration will start at 4 p.m. at Riverwalk Park off Ridgewood Avenue. There will be live music, carnival games, pony rides, gourmet food trucks, historic photos and displays and fireworks that start at about 7:45 pm” today.


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