What Happened in March 1885

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 1st US state (California) establishes a permanent forest commission
  • Mar 3 American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) incorporates
  • Mar 3 US Congress passes Indian Appropriations Act (Indians wards of federal government)
  • Mar 3 US Post Office offers special delivery for 1st-class mail

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Mar 4 Grover Cleveland inaugrated as 1st US Democratic President since Civil War

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • Mar 14 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre
  • Mar 15 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Lesson Djinns"

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Mar 19 Louis Riel returns to Canada, proclaims provisional government, Sask

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel
  • Mar 20 John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine
  • Mar 20 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Golldfaden operetta
  • Mar 21 2nd French government of Ferry resigns
  • Mar 26 Eastman Film Co manufactures 1st commercial motion picture film
  • Mar 26 Louis Riel's forces defeat Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Sask
  • Mar 27 47th Grand National: Mr Ted Wilson aboard Roquefort wins
  • Mar 28 US Salvation Army officially organized
  • Mar 30 The Battle for Kushka triggers the Pandjeh Incident which nearly gives rise to war between the British Empire and Russian Empire.
  • Mar 31 Great Britain declares Bechuanaland a protectorate

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Lionel Atwill, English/US actor (Mystery of the Wax Museum)
  • Mar 4 Willem H Winkel, Dutch physician/founder (Red Cross of Curacao)
  • Mar 6 Ringgold "Ring" Lardner, US sports writer (You Know Me Al)
  • Mar 10 Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), born in Berlin (d. 1962)
  • Mar 11 Malcolm Campbell, 1st auto racer to travel 5 miles/min (8 km/min)
  • Mar 12 Raphael HLAJM Verwilghen, Flemish architect/urban developer
  • Mar 14 Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • Mar 16 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer
  • Mar 16 Sydney Chaplin, South Africa, actor (Limelight)
  • Mar 20 Eugen Herrigel, Germany, philosopher/early pioneer of Zen in Europe
  • Mar 20 Hendrik A de Fish, [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological/sociologist
  • Mar 22 Adriano Lualdi, composer
  • Mar 22 Jakabs Medins, composer
  • Mar 22 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi (d. 1969)
  • Mar 24 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08)
  • Mar 25 Veit Valentin, German/US historian (Deutsche Revolution)
  • Mar 26 Julius Harrison, composer
  • Mar 26 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer
  • Mar 28 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, composer
  • Mar 31 Jules Pascin, [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian/US painter/cartoonist

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 28 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, composer, dies at 53
  • Mar 31 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Philipp Fahrbach, composer, dies at 69