What Happened in March 1850

Historical Events

  • Mar 5 The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened.

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Mar 7 Daniel Webster endorses Compromise of 1850

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster
  • Mar 11 Woman's Medical College of Penn (1st female medical school)
  • Mar 12 1st US $20 gold piece issued

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Mar 16 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston

  • Mar 18 Henry Wells & William Fargo forms American Express in Buffalo
  • Mar 29 SS Royal Adelaide sinks in storm; 200 die
  • Mar 31 US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%))

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 5 Daniel Brink Towner, American hymn composer (d. 1919)

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Mar 7 Tomáš Masaryk, Czech philosopher and 1st President of Czechoslovakia (1918-35), born in Hodonín, Austrian Empire (d. 1937)

Father of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Father of Czechoslovakia
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
  • Mar 7 Champ Clark, American politician (d. 1921)
  • Mar 9 Alexandre Luigini, composer
  • Mar 10 Mary Mills Patrick, US, 1st President of Istanbul Woman's College
  • Mar 10 Spencer Gore, British tennis player and cricketer (d. 1906)
  • Mar 13 Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, composer
  • Mar 24 Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)
  • Mar 26 Edward Bellamy, author (Looking Backward)

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 14 French writer and playwright Honoré de Balzac marries Ewelina Hańska in Berdyczów, Ukraine

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (b. 1806)
  • Mar 19 Adalbert Gyrowetz, Bohemian composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Miguel Pedrorena, American settler
  • Mar 27 Wilhelm Bear, German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53
  • Mar 28 Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)

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Mar 31 John C. Calhoun, American politician, dies of tuberculosis at 68

Politician John C. Calhoun
John C. Calhoun