What Happened in March 1847

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)
  • Mar 3 US Post Office Department authorized to issue postage stamps
  • Mar 3 9th Grand National: Denny Wynne aboard Mathew IRE wins
  • Mar 7 US General Scott occupies Vera Cruz Mexico
  • Mar 10 1st money minted in Hawaii
  • Mar 14 Premiere of Verdi's "Macbeth" at the Teatro della Pergola, Florence
  • Mar 18 1st Dutch public telegram
  • Mar 25 Pope Pius IX encyclical "On aid for Ireland"
  • Mar 29 12,000 US troops capture Vera Cruz, Mexico

Famous Birthdays

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Mar 3 Alexander Graham Bell, inventor (telephone), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Mar 4 Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist (d. 1904)
  • Mar 8 Karl von Bach, German engineer (Maschinenelemente)

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Mar 10 Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1934)

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Kate Sheppard
  • Mar 14 Antonio de Castro Alves, Brazilian poet (Espumas Flutuantes)
  • Mar 19 Constantin Dimitrescu, composer
  • Mar 23 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romania, historian
  • Mar 27 Otto Wallach, Germany, chemist (Nobel 1910)
  • Mar 31 Jarolslaw Zielinski, composer
  • Mar 31 Yegor Ivanovich Zolotarev, Russian mathematician (d. 1878)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 9 Mary Anning, British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (Jurassic marine fossil beds of Lyme Regis in Dorset), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • Mar 28 Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 29 Auguste De Polignac, premier France, dies at 66