What Happened in March 1855

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
  • Mar 3 US Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use
  • Mar 3 US Congress authorizes registered mail
  • Mar 6 Gustave Flaubert writes goodbye to Louise Colet
  • Mar 7 17th Grand National: John Hanlon aboard Wanderer IRE wins
  • Mar 8 1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls
  • Mar 15 Louisiana establishes 1st health board to regulate quarantine
  • Mar 24 Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas

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Mar 27 Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 12 John White, American composer (d. 1902)

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Mar 13 Percival "Percy" Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell

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Mar 24 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • Mar 24 Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)
  • Mar 27 Alfred Ewing [James Alfred Ewing], Dundee, Scottish Physicist (magnetic properties of metals, hysteresis)
  • Mar 31 Alfred E. Hunt, founder of Alcoa (d. 1899)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58

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Mar 8 William Poole, Infamous member of New York City's Bowery Boys gang, dies of a gunshot wound at 33

Gang Leader Bill the Butcher
Gang Leader
Bill the Butcher
  • Mar 17 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, Spanish composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 20 Joseph Aspdin, English mason and inventor (b. 1788)
  • Mar 29 Henri Druey, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1799)

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Mar 31 Charlotte Brontë, English novelist (Jane Eyre), dies at 38