Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1762 – The first St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in New York City (More info)

1942 – Gen. Douglas MacArthur becomes supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II (More info)

1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel (More info)

1992 – A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa passes (More info)

2000 – With the release of ‘Erin Brockovich,’ Julia Roberts becomes the first actress ever to command $20 million per movie (More info)