What Happened in March 1878

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 First winter ascent of Aneto
  • Mar 3 Bulgaria liberated from Turkey (Peace of San Stefano)
  • Mar 13 Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
  • Mar 24 British frigate Eurydice sunk; 300 lost
  • Mar 26 Hastings College of Law founded in California
  • Mar 26 Sabi Game Reserve, world's 1st official designated game reserve, opens
  • Mar 29 39th Grand National: J. Jones aboard Shifnal wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Gabriel Edouard Xavier Dupont, composer
  • Mar 2 Wander J de Haas, Dutch physicist/son-in-law of Lorentz
  • Mar 2 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian philosopher (d. 1947)
  • Mar 7 Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (d. 1927)
  • Mar 10 Karel van de Woestijne, Flemish writer/poet (God at Sea)
  • Mar 12 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint
  • Mar 12 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer
  • Mar 14 Carel T Scharten, Dutch poet/writer (Forces of the Future)
  • Mar 15 Hanson Carter, cricketer (Yorkshire Aussie WK of early 20th century)
  • Mar 15 Rezā Shāh Pahlavi [Rezā Khan], Shah of Iran (1925-41)
  • Mar 16 Clemens A Graaf von Galen, cardinal/bishop of Munster/anti-nazi
  • Mar 16 Henry B Walthall, Shelby City AL, actor (Birth of a Nation, Klondike)
  • Mar 21 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer
  • Mar 22 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (d. 1919)
  • Mar 23 Franz Schrecker, Austrian composer (Der ferne Klang, Der Schatzgräber)
  • Mar 24 Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N-Naeff], Dutch writer
  • Mar 25 Henry graaf de Baillet-Latour, Belgian President of IOC (1925-42)
  • Mar 25 Theodore Samuel Holland, composer
  • Mar 31 Jack Johnson,1st African American heavyweight boxing champ (1908-1915)

Famous Weddings


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 20 53rd UK Prime Minister Archibald Primrose (31) weds heiress Hannah de Rothschild (27) at the Board of Guardians in Mount Street, London

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 16 William Banting, English undertaker, dies
  • Mar 20 Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (b. 1814)
  • Mar 24 Albin Masek, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Dobri Voynikov, composer, dies at 44
  • Mar 27 George Gilbert Scott, architect, dies