What Happened in March 1899

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Pres McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier National Park (5th in US)
  • Mar 3 US Congress authorizes Lafayette silver dollar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 George Dewey becomes 1st in US to hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • Mar 4 Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 m wave that reaches up to 5 km inland - over 300 dead.
  • Mar 5 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D
  • Mar 6 "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-2
  • Mar 17 Windsor luxury hotel in NYC catches fire, 92 die
  • Mar 18 Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by William Pickering
  • Mar 21 British & French accord over West Africa
  • Mar 24 61st Grand National: George Williamson aboard Manifesto wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (d. 1972)
  • Mar 2 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame
  • Mar 3 Alfred M Gruenther, American commanding general (NATO, 1953-56)
  • Mar 3 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, born in Jelisawetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • Mar 4 Emilio Prados, Spanish poet and editor (d. 1962)
  • Mar 5 Patrick Hadley, composer
  • Mar 8 Eric Linklater, Scotland, novelist/poet (Blue Swallows)
  • Mar 8 Elmer Keith, Firearms enthusiast and Author (d. 1984)
  • Mar 10 Finn Hoffding, composer
  • Mar 10 Robert Meier, German WW1 veteran, formerly Germany's oldest man. (d. 2007)
  • Mar 11 Frederick IX, [Christian FFMKWG], King of Denmark (1947-72)
  • Mar 13 Pancho Vladigerov, composer
  • Mar 13 Jan LechoĊ„, Polish poet (d. 1956)
  • Mar 13 John Van Vleck, Middletown Connecticut, American Physicist, Mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism
  • Mar 14 K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (d. 1992)
  • Mar 18 Lavrenti Beria, chief of Soviet secret police under Stalin
  • Mar 23 Dora Gerson, German actress and singer (Caravan of Death), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Mar 25 Bella Spewack, Hungarian playwright (Kiss Me Kate)
  • Mar 25 Jacques Audiberti, French poet (Race of Men)
  • Mar 25 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (d. 1978)
  • Mar 26 James B Connant, chemist/college president (Yale)
  • Mar 26 William Baines, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Gloria Swanson, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • Mar 28 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader (d. 1973)
  • Mar 28 August Anheuser Busch, Jr., brewing magnate and American baseball executive (d. 1989)
  • Mar 28 Buck Shaw, American football coach (d. 1977)
  • Mar 30 Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, well known Bengali writer (d. 1970)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Gyorgy earl Apponyi, Hungarian MP, dies at 90
  • Mar 3 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (b. 1827)
  • Mar 6 Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)
  • Mar 14 Emile Erckmann, French writer (Waterloo), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Joseph Medill, mayor of Chicago (b. 1823)
  • Mar 18 Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Svetolik Rankovic, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • Mar 20 Martha M Place, American murderer who becomes 1st woman to be executed in an electric chair, dies at 49
  • Mar 20 Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist (b. 1822)
  • Mar 24 Billy Barnes, cricketer (725 runs in 21 Tests for England), dies