What Happened in March 1870

Historical Events


Mar 4 On command of Louis Riel, Thomas Scott is executed by a firing squad. Riel rejects all appeals and requests to intervene in an attempt to demonstrate to the Canadian government that the M├ętis must be taken seriously

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel
  • Mar 7 Cincinnati Red Stockings, 1st pro BB team, begin 8-mo tour of Midwest & East
  • Mar 14 California legislature approves act making Golden Gate Park possible
  • Mar 17 Mass legislature authorizes incorporation of Wellesley Female Seminary
  • Mar 18 1st US National Wildlife Preserve (Lake Meritt in Oakland California)
  • Mar 19 The opera "Guarany" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 30 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
  • Mar 30 Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union
  • Mar 30 Florida territorial government established.
  • Mar 31 1st black to vote in US (Thomas P Mundy of Perth Amboy NJ)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 4 Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet (d. 1944)
  • Mar 5 Frank Norris, journalist and writer (McTeague, Octopus), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1902)
  • Mar 6 Oscar Straus, composer (Ein Walzertraum), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 10 Alfred Kastner, composer
  • Mar 11 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (d. 1946)
  • Mar 13 Albert Meyer, member of the Swiss Federal Council in the 1930s (d. 1953)
  • Mar 17 Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist (d. 1951)
  • Mar 20 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Prussian general/politician (East Africa)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 28 Impressionist Painter Claude Monet (29) weds model Camille Doncieux in Paris

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Francisco S Lopez, President of Paraguay (1862-70), dies at 43
  • Mar 9 Theodore Labarre, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 11 Moshoeshoe I, King of Lesotho (1822-70), dies at about 47
  • Mar 18 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer, dies at 48
  • Mar 28 George Henry Thomas, American general (b. 1816)