What Happened in March 1891

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 US Congress creates Courts of Appeal
  • Mar 3 US Congress creates Office of Superintendent of Immigration (Treasury Dept)
  • Mar 3 The Penalty Spot Kick rule in Association Football is conceived, but does not come into effect until the next season.
  • Mar 9 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins in England (lasts until 13th March; 200 people and 6,000 animals killed)
  • Mar 10 Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.
  • Mar 17 British Steamer "Utopia" sinks off Gibraltar killing 574
  • Mar 18 Britain is linked to the continent by Telephone
  • Mar 20 53rd Grand National: Mr Harry Beasley IRE aboard Come Away wins
  • Mar 28 1st world weightlifting championship held

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Federico Moreno Torroba, composer
  • Mar 3 Jan Donner, Dutch minister of Justice/president High Council
  • Mar 4 Dazzy Vance, hall of fame pitcher (led NL in strike-outs 7-yrs)
  • Mar 4 Lois Wilson, founder of Al-Anon (d. 1988)
  • Mar 5 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 6 Victor Kilian, actor (Gentleman's Agreement), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Marcel Barger, [Meyer Streliskie], cabaret performer (I keep Susy)

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Mar 9 Jose Paciano Laurel y Garcia, 3rd President of the Philippines (1942-44), born in Tanauan, Batangas (d. 1959)

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • Mar 10 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Gunga Din, Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 10 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/Dutch 2nd Chamber (SDAP)
  • Mar 12 Michael Polany, Hungarian/English chemist/economist/sociologist
  • Mar 12 George W. Mason, American industrialist (d. 1954)
  • Mar 14 John P Strijbos, Dutch writer (Wandering through South-Africa)

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Mar 19 Earl Warren, Governor of California/14th supreme court chief justice (1953-69), born in Los Angeles, California

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • Mar 21 Jonathan Hale, actor (Saint's Double Trouble, Saint Strikes Back)
  • Mar 23 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer
  • Mar 24 Annie "Charley" Toorop, Dutch painter (3 Generations)
  • Mar 24 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)
  • Mar 24 Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
  • Mar 28 Karel MJF Cruysberghs, Flemish author
  • Mar 28 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag)
  • Mar 29 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), born in Saint-Dié (d. 1950)
  • Mar 29 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz) (d. 1980)
  • Mar 30 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov)
  • Mar 31 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer
  • Mar 31 Ion Pillat, Romaniams poet/senator (Umbra timpului)
  • Mar 31 Victor Varconi, Hungary, actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings, Big City)

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 21 A Hatfield marries a McCoy, ends long feud in West Virginia it started with an accusation of pig-stealing & lasted 20 years

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Mar 24 56th UK Prime Minister Bonar Law (32) weds Annie Robley at West Free Church in Helensburgh, Scotland

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 15 Théodore de Banville, French writer (b. 1823)
  • Mar 15 Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (b. 1819)
  • Mar 17 Napoleon JKP Bonaparte, French prince/member National Convention, dies at 68
  • Mar 28 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies

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Mar 29 Georges Seurat, French post-impressionist painter (Pointillism), dies at 31

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat