What Happened in March 1844

Historical Events

  • Mar 8 King Oscar I ascends to the throne of Sweden-Norway.

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Mar 9 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Mar 21 Origin of Baha'i Era-Baha'i calendar starts here (Baha 1, 1)
  • Mar 21 The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world.
  • Mar 28 Jose Zorilla's "Don Juan Tenorio" premieres in Madrid

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Hermanus J A M Schaepman, clergyman/Dutch politician
  • Mar 4 Josip Jurcic, Slovenian writer (10th Brother)
  • Mar 6 Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov, composer (Flight of the Bumble Bee) (NS 3/18)
  • Mar 7 Anthony Comstock, New Canaan Ct, anti-vice crusader/philatelist
  • Mar 10 Pablo Martin M de Sarasate y Navascuez, composer (Spanish Dancing)
  • Mar 14 King Umberto I, of Italy (1878-1900)
  • Mar 15 Bransby Cooper, cricketer (in Dhaka Batsman in Australia's 1st Test)
  • Mar 18 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Tikhvin Russia, composer (Scheherazade)
  • Mar 19 Minna Canth, Finland, playwright (The Pastor's Family) and social activist
  • Mar 23 Eugene Gigout, composer
  • Mar 27 Alophus Washington Greely, US, Arctic explorer
  • Mar 30 Paul M Verlaine, France, lyric poet (Sagesse Bonbeur)
  • Mar 31 Andrew Lang, Scotland, author (The Blue Fairy Book)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 7 John Wedgwood, ceramicist and founder of the Royal Horticulture Society, dies
  • Mar 8 Charles XIV John of Sweden (b. 1763)
  • Mar 21 Leopold F J J J van Sassen Ysselt, Dutch politician, dies at 65
  • Mar 24 Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish sculptor (Dying Lion), dies at 73