What Happened in March 1860

Historical Events

  • Mar 5 Parma, Tuscany, Modena and Romagna vote in referendums to join the Kingdom of Sardinia.
  • Mar 7 22nd Grand National: Mr Tommy Pickernell aboard Anatis IRE wins
  • Mar 9 1st Japanese ambassador arrives in SF en route to Washington
  • Mar 12 Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists
  • Mar 17 Japanese embassy arrives aboard Candinmarruh [sic]
  • Mar 21 US extradition treaty with Sweden
  • Mar 24 Clipper Andrew Jackson arrives in SF, 89 days out of NY
  • Mar 27 M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew)
  • Mar 28 First Taranaki War: The Battle of Waireka begins (New Zealand).
  • Mar 29 Dion Boucicault's "Colleen Bawn" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Susanna M. Salter, 1st American female mayor and temperance leader (d. 1961)
  • Mar 3 John Montgomery Ward, American baseball player (d. 1925)
  • Mar 11 Thomas Hastings, architect (NY Public Library), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 12 Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer
  • Mar 13 Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer (d. 1903)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 19 William Jennings Bryan, American orator and statesman known as "The Great Commoner", born in Salem, Illinois (d. 1925)

US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • Mar 22 Alfred Ploetz, German physician (d. 1940)
  • Mar 27 Frank Frost Abbott, American classical scholar (d. 1924)
  • Mar 31 Isidor Traube, Hildesheim Hanover, German Chemist (founded capillary chemistry, research on liquids)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 6 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (b. 1783)
  • Mar 25 James Braid, Scottish surgeon (b. 1795)
  • Mar 28 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer, dies at 73