What Happened in March 1851

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 Congress authorizes smallest US silver coin (3 cent piece)
  • Mar 6 Dion Boucicault's "Love in a Maze" premieres in London
  • Mar 7 Poll tax levied on Russo-Polish Jews entering Austrian Galicia ends

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 11 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Mar 25 Yosemite Valley discovered in California

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (d. 1911)
  • Mar 15 Jozef Surzynski, composer
  • Mar 16 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (d. 1931)
  • Mar 19 Roque Saenz Pena, President of Argentina (1910-14)
  • Mar 19 William Henry Stark, American business leader (d. 1936)
  • Mar 27 Ruperto Chapi y Lorente, composer
  • Mar 27 Vincent d'Indy, French composer and teacher (d. 1931)
  • Mar 28 Bernardino Machado, Portuguese politician (d. 1944)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Michael Henkel, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 4 James Richardson, British explorer (b. 1809)
  • Mar 6 Alexander Aliabiev, composer, dies at 63

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 9 Hans Christian Oersted, Danish physicist, dies at 73

Physicist/Chemist Hans Oersted
Physicist/Chemist
Hans Oersted
  • Mar 11 George McDuffie, Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)