What Happened in March 1839

Historical Events

  • Mar 9 Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours
  • Mar 23 1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post)
  • Mar 26 1st Henley Royal Regatta

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Jamsetji Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1904)
  • Mar 8 James Mason Crafts, US chemist (Friedel-Crafts-synthesis)
  • Mar 8 Josephine Cochrane, American inventor (automatic dishwasher), born in Ashtabula County, Ohio (d. 1913)
  • Mar 9 Felix Huston Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1928)
  • Mar 9 Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer (d. 1908)
  • Mar 10 Dudley Buck, organist and church composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 16 RenĂ© F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, French poet, 1st Nobel winner (1901)
  • Mar 17 Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser)
  • Mar 18 Francis Fessenden, American lawyer, politician, and Major General (Union Army), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
  • Mar 21 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russian composer (Boris Gudunov, Night on Bald Mt) [NS]
  • Mar 25 William Bell Wait, American educated the blind
  • Mar 27 John Ballance, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party, born in Glenavy, Ireland (d. 1893)
  • Mar 31 Nikolay Przhevalsky, naturalist, explorer of east central Asia (OS)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Ignace Antoine Ladurner, pianist/composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 13 Robert Gallenberg, composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 29 Bernardus JC Dibbets, Dutch baron/gen-major (Maastricht), dies at 56