What Happened in March 1857

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China.
  • Mar 4 19th Grand National: Charlie Boyce aboard Emigrant wins

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Mar 6 Dred Scott Decision: US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott
  • Mar 7 Baseball decides 9 innings constitutes an official game, not 9 runs

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 12 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • Mar 21 Earthquake hits Tokyo killing around 107,000 people

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Mar 23 Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • Mar 25 Frederick Laggenheim takes 1st photo of a solar eclipse

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Alfred Bruneau, composer
  • Mar 7 Julius Wagner von Jauregg, Austria, psychiatrist (Nobel 1927)
  • Mar 16 Charles Harding Firth, British historian (d. 1936)
  • Mar 22 Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Along the Meuse)
  • Mar 22 Paul Doumer, gov-genl of Indo-China/13th President of France (1931-32)
  • Mar 23 Fannie Farmer, American culinary figure, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 27 Karl Pearson, mathematician, born in London, England
  • Mar 30 Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (d. 1926)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 11 Manuel Jose Quintana, Spanish author/poet (A la paz), dies at 84
  • Mar 17 Adolph Trube, composer, dies at 42
  • Mar 21 Abraham J van der Aa, lexicographer (Biograph dictionary), dies at 64