What Happened in March 1856

Historical Events

  • Mar 5 Covent Garden Opera House, London, destroyed in a fire
  • Mar 5 Georgia becomes 1st state to regulate railroads
  • Mar 9 Sigma Alpha Epsilon is founded in the Johnston Mansion House on the University of Alabama
  • Mar 25 A E Burnside patents Burnside carbine
  • Mar 26 New South Wales's first 1st-class game, v Victoria at Melbourne NSW won
  • Mar 30 Russia signs Peace of Paris, ending the Crimean War

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Florimond Fonteyne, Flemish priest/politician (Volkseeuw)
  • Mar 4 Toru Dutt, English and French poet and author (d. 1877)
  • Mar 4 Alfred William Rich, English painter (d. 1921)
  • Mar 7 Matilde Serao, [Tuffolina], Italian writer (Land of Cockayne)
  • Mar 8 Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army (d. 1929)
  • Mar 8 Tom Roberts, Australian artist (d. 1931)
  • Mar 9 Eddie Foy, American singer and dancer (d. 1928)
  • Mar 16 E Louis YY Napoleon Bonaparte, French/English prince
  • Mar 17 Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (d. 1910)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 20 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1915)

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • Mar 20 Sir John Lavery, Irish artist (d. 1941)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 21 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877, born in Thomasville, Georgia (d. 1940)

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • Mar 26 David Alfred Thomas, Glamorganshire UK, 1st Viscount Rhondda

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 11 James Beatty, Irish railway engineer (b. 1820)
  • Mar 28 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76