What Happened in March 1896

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Battle of Adwa: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians in Ethopia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • Mar 2 George Lohmann takes 9-28 v South Africa at Johannesburg
  • Mar 5 Italian premier Crispi resigns
  • Mar 5 Italian governor of Eritrea, Gen Baldissera, reaches Massawa
  • Mar 6 1st auto in Detroit, Charles B King rides his "Horseless Carriage"
  • Mar 7 Gilbert & Sullivan's last operette "Grand Duke" premieres in London
  • Mar 8 Volunteers of America forms (NYC)
  • Mar 10 Bronx acquires O'Brien Square
  • Mar 10 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 [OS]
  • Mar 10 After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world Heavyweight championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
  • Mar 12 1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)
  • Mar 14 Sutro Baths (SF) opens by Cliff House (closed Sept 1, 1952)
  • Mar 16 Premiere of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen"
  • Mar 20 Marines land in Nicaragua to protect US citizens
  • Mar 20 Uprising in Matabeleland
  • Mar 22 Charilaos Vasilakos wins 1st marathon (3:18)
  • Mar 23 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 23 The Raines Law is passed by the New York State Legislature, restricting Sunday sale of alcohol to hotels.
  • Mar 25 Modern Olympics began in Athens, Greece [NS=Apr 6]
  • Mar 27 58th Grand National: Mr David Campbell aboard The Soarer wins
  • Mar 28 The opera "Andrea Chenier" is produced (Milan)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Athens Greece, conductor/composer
  • Mar 1 Moriz Seeler, German writer and producer (d. 1942)
  • Mar 7 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Mar 8 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician (d. 1975)
  • Mar 10 Harry Krimer, actor (Napoleon)
  • Mar 10 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, born in London (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
  • Mar 13 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • Mar 16 Conrad Nagel, Keokuk Iowa, actor (Celebrity Time)
  • Mar 20 Hal Walker, Ottumwa Ia, director (I Married Joan)
  • Mar 22 Joseph Schildkraut, actor (Joseph Schildkraut Presents, Diary of Anne Frank)), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 22 Giulia D De Albertis, writer
  • Mar 22 He Long, Chinese marshal (d. 1969)
  • Mar 24 Gianna Manzini, writer
  • Mar 26 Richard Flury, composer
  • Mar 26 Rudolf Dassler, Founder of PUMA AG (d. 1974)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 24 Writer "Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad (39) marries Englishwoman Jessie George (23)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Albertone, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle
  • Mar 1 Arimondi, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle
  • Mar 1 Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general (Eritrea), dies in battle
  • Mar 26 Nanny v Hof, writer, dies
  • Mar 28 E Rundle Charles, writer, dies
  • Mar 30 Charilaos Trikoupis, seven times prime-minister of Greece (b. 1832)