What Happened in March 1848

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 10th Grand National: Capt. Josey Little aboard Chandler wins
  • Mar 4 Sardinia-Piemonte gets new Constitution
  • Mar 4 Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will later represent the first constitution of the Regno d'Italia
  • Mar 5 Louis Antoine Garnier-Pages is named French minister of Finance.
  • Mar 7 In Hawaii, Great Mahele (division of lands) signed
  • Mar 11 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
  • Mar 12 2nd republic established in France
  • Mar 15 A revolution breaks out in Hungary. The Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party.
  • Mar 23 The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
  • Mar 24 State of siege proclaimed in Amsterdam
  • Mar 27 John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster

CommunicationNiagara Falls Stops Flowing

Mar 29 Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Augustus Saint-Gaudens, US, sculptor/designer (1907 $20 gold piece)
  • Mar 3 Adelaide Neilson, English stage actress (Julia-The Hunchback), born in Leeds (d. 1880)
  • Mar 9 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, composer
  • Mar 12 Cyrill Kistler, composer
  • Mar 17 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer
  • Mar 18 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • Mar 18 Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 19 Wyatt Earp, American sheriff (OK Corral), born in Monmouth, Illinois (d. 1929)

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp
OK Corral Sheriff
Wyatt Earp
  • Mar 24 HonorĂ© Beaugrand, Quebec journalist and newspaper publisher (La Patrie) (d. 1906)
  • Mar 25 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 29 Aleksei Kuropatkin, Russian general/minister of War
  • Mar 31 John Henry Roberts, composer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 8 Confederate General James Longstreet (27) weds Maria Louisa Garland in Lynchburg, Virginia

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • Mar 20 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Heinrich Olivier, German painter, dies
  • Mar 20 Abraham des Amorie van der Hoeven, Dutch theologist/poet, dies at 27
  • Mar 29 John Jacob Astor, charted American Fur Company, dies at 84