What Happened in March 1897

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 William McKinley inaugurated as 25th president of USA

25th US President William McKinley
25th US President
William McKinley
  • Mar 5 American Negro Academy forms
  • Mar 9 Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Berlin)
  • Mar 9 Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot
  • Mar 9 Indians fans start calling the team "Indians" (in 1915 becomes official)
  • Mar 11 A meteorite enters the earth's atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris causes damage but no human injuries are reported.
  • Mar 12 Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussells
  • Mar 13 San Diego State University is founded.
  • Mar 15 1st indoor fly casting tournament opens, at Madison Square Garden
  • Mar 16 Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of The Devil's Foot" (BG)
  • Mar 17 Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 19 Yale defeated Penn, 30-10 in 1st major college basketball game
  • Mar 20 1st US orthodox Jewish Rabbinical seminary (RIETS) incorporates in NY
  • Mar 20 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10
  • Mar 20 France signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
  • Mar 26 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard Manifesto wins
  • Mar 29 Japan adopts Gold Standard

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Jose Moreno Gans, composer
  • Mar 4 Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, baseball player/organized Japanese baseball
  • Mar 5 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (d. 1960)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 5 Soong Mei-ling [Madame Chiang Kai-shek], Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), born in Shanghai (d. 2003)

Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China Soong Mei-ling
Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China
Soong Mei-ling
  • Mar 11 Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • Mar 13 Marcel Thiry, Belgian poet (Statue of Fatigue)
  • Mar 13 William Herald, Australia, swimmer (Olympic-1920)
  • Mar 15 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • Mar 17 Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 19 Betty Compson, American actress (Big City, Docks Of New York), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1974)
  • Mar 19 Liam O'Flaherty, Irish writer, born in Inishmore, Aran Islands (d. 1984)
  • Mar 24 Charles Eyck, Dutch painter/sculptor
  • Mar 24 Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-US psycho analysist (character analysis)
  • Mar 25 John Laurie, Dumfries Scotland, actor (Jericho, Island of Desire)
  • Mar 27 Douglas Hartree, English mathematician and physicist
  • Mar 27 Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/anti-fascist
  • Mar 28 Sepp Herberger, German football coach (d. 1977)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 9 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier (b. 1825)
  • Mar 10 Teodulo Mabellini, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Berthold Tours, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 11 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist, evangelist, dies at 45
  • Mar 19 Antoine T. d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Apollon Maykov, Russian poet (b. 1821)
  • Mar 27 Andreas Anagnostakis, Greek physician (b. 1826)