What Happened in March 1859

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Present seal of SF adopted (its 2nd)
  • Mar 2 21st Grand National: Chris Green aboard Half Caste IRE wins
  • Mar 18 Vera Cruz besieged by Miramon (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
  • Mar 19 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris
  • Mar 21 Scottish National Gallery opens in Edinburgh
  • Mar 21 Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in US, incorporated
  • Mar 26 1st supposed sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury; it doesn't exist
  • Mar 28 1st performance of John Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 8 Kenneth Grahame, Scottish author (The Wind in the Willows), born in Edinburgh (d. 1932)
  • Mar 8 Otto Taubmann, composer
  • Mar 12 Josef Cyril Sychra, composer
  • Mar 12 Abraham H. Cannon, Mormon apostle (d. 1896)
  • Mar 13 Ivo Bligh, cricketer (Lord Darnley England capt v Australia 1882-83)
  • Mar 16 Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (d. 1906)
  • Mar 26 A[lfred] E[dward] Housman, England, poet (Shropshire Lad)
  • Mar 26 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, composer
  • Mar 26 Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (d. 1919)
  • Mar 27 George Giffen, cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Josef Theodor Krov, composer, dies at 61