What Happened in March 1873

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.
  • Mar 3 US Congress authorizes federal departmental postage stamps
  • Mar 3 US Congress & government retroactively raise own salaries
  • Mar 3 US Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail
  • Mar 22 Slavery is abolished in Puerto Rico, celebrated as Emancipation Day
  • Mar 27 34th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson aboard Disturbance wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 William Green, president of American Federation of Labor (1924-52)
  • Mar 4 Guy Wetmore Carryl, American humorist and poet (d. 1904)
  • Mar 4 John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut (d. 1961)
  • Mar 5 Olav Bjaaland, Norwegian explorer and cross-country skier (d. 1961)
  • Mar 7 Madame Sul-Te-Wan, American actress (d. 1959)
  • Mar 10 Jakob Wassermann, Germany, novelist (My Life as German & Jew)
  • Mar 11 David Horsley, English-born film executive (d. 1933)
  • Mar 14 Johannes Aengenent, sociologist/bishop of Haarlem (1928-35)
  • Mar 15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, born in Ystalyfera (d. 1934)
  • Mar 15 Lee Shubert, American theatre producer (theatres in NY & LA named after him), born in Lithuania (d. 1953) birth date disputed
  • Mar 16 Hippoliet Daeye, Flemish painter (Sereniteit)
  • Mar 17 Chard Somerset, 1st woman Cabinet minister (1929-31)
  • Mar 17 Margaret Bondfield, British politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), born in Chard (d. 1953)
  • Mar 19 Max Reger, Brand Bavaria, composer/pianist/prof (Leipzig Univ)
  • Mar 20 Sergei V Rachmaninov, Russian/US pianist/composer (Aleko) [NS=Apr 1]
  • Mar 25 Rudolf Rocker, German/US anarchist
  • Mar 26 [Louise] Sophie de Vries, actress (On Hope of Blessing)
  • Mar 29 Tullio Levi-Civita, Italian mathematician (d. 1941)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, composer, dies at 34
  • Mar 20 Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer, dies at 52
  • Mar 25 Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter (b. 1810)
  • Mar 27 Amedée Simon Dominique Thierry, French journalist and historian (b. 1797)
  • Mar 29 Francesco Zantedeschi, Italian physicist (b. 1797)
  • Mar 30 Benedict Augustin Morel, psychologist (dementia praecox), dies at 63