What Happened in March 1888

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
  • Mar 10 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Psyche"
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
  • Mar 11 Great blizzard of '88 strikes northeastern USA
  • Mar 12 2nd day of the Great blizzard of '88 in NE US (400 die)
  • Mar 13 Great Blizzard of 1888 rages across the east coast of the USA and Canada
  • Mar 14 Second largest snowfall in NYC history (21")
  • Mar 20 Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "A Scandal in Bohemia"
  • Mar 20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • Mar 21 Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender" premieres in London
  • Mar 22 English Football League established
  • Mar 23 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard Playfair wins
  • Mar 25 Socialist leader Domela Nieuwenhuis elected to Dutch 2nd chamber

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Ewart Astill, English cricketer (d. 1948)
  • Mar 4 Knute Rockne, Norwegian/US football player/coach (Notre Dame)
  • Mar 4 Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-born American actress (Grand Hotel, The Devil-Doll), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1942)
  • Mar 4 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • Mar 5 Friedrich Schnack, German journalist/writer (Rosewood)
  • Mar 7 Alidius WLT van Starkenborch Stachouwer, gov of Neth Indies (1936-45)
  • Mar 8 Stuart Chase, NH, writer/economist (Tragedy of Waste)
  • Mar 10 Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Acad Award-Going My Way), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 10 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, born in Siverić (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • Mar 14 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 17 Frank Buck, actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs)
  • Mar 17 Paul Ramadier, French politician (d. 1961)
  • Mar 18 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor
  • Mar 19 Josef Albers, German/US graphic artist/painter/writer (Bauhaus)
  • Mar 19 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (d. 1969)
  • Mar 20 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, born in Gut Blumbergshof, Latvia (d. 1974)
  • Mar 24 Jameson Thomas, actor (Farmer's Wife), born in London, England
  • Mar 24 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (d. 1922)
  • Mar 26 Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse (d. 1948)
  • Mar 29 Adrianus M de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak)
  • Mar 29 James E Casey, founder (United Parcel Service)
  • Mar 30 Anna Q Nilsson, Swedish actress (Shenandoah, Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden (d. 1974)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Amos Bronson Alcott, US theory/poet (Table Talk), dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 6 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), dies of a stroke at 55

  • Mar 9 William I, German Emperor (b. 1797)
  • Mar 10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 12 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman, dies at 86
  • Mar 24 Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
  • Mar 26 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • Mar 27 Agnes Windeck, German actress (A Time to Love and a Time to Die), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • Mar 29 Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan, composer, dies at 74