What Happened in March 1900

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 US Steel Corporation organizes
  • Mar 5 American Hall of Fame founded
  • Mar 6 After a meeting in Indianapolis, USA, a group forms the Social Democratic Party and nominates Eugene Debs as its candidate for President in the forthcoming election (becomes the Socialist Party in 1901)
  • Mar 7 Battle at Poplar Grove South Africa, President Kruger flees
  • Mar 7 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2 games
  • Mar 8 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • Mar 10 Battle at Driefontein, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • Mar 10 Regents for the King of Uganda and leading chiefs sign a treaty with Great Britain agreeing to the organization of the government, taxation, courts, military, and other functions of their country, which is under British protection.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury rejects peace overtures from the Boer leader Paul Kruger (on 5 March) as demanding too-favourable terms

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Mar 12 President Steyn of Orange Free state flees from Bloemfontein
  • Mar 13 British troops occupy Bloemfontein, capital of the Orange Free State (Boer War)
  • Mar 13 In France the length of the working day for women and children is limited by law to 11 hours.
  • Mar 14 Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel's laws of genetics
  • Mar 14 US currency goes on gold standard after Congress passes the Currency Act
  • Mar 16 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces that an AL team will be in
  • Mar 16 Sir Arthur Evans rediscovers the bronze age city of Knossos in Crete, home of the legendary Minotaur
  • Mar 16 Chicago, KC, Minn, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleve & Buffalo
  • Mar 17 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2
  • Mar 17 In South Africa, British troops relieve Mafeking, besieged by the Boers since 13 October, 1899.
  • Mar 18 Ajax (Amsterdam Football Club), forms
  • Mar 18 Japan uses its influence over Korea to deny Russia's efforts to obtain a naval station at Korean Port of Masampo, the lead up to the Russo-Japanese war
  • Mar 20 US Secretary of State John Hay announces that all nations to whom he sent notes calling for an 'open door' policy in China have essentially accepted his stand.
  • Mar 24 New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • Mar 25 US Socialist Party forms in Indianapolis
  • Mar 26 1st edition The (Free) People (Neth, probably Amsterdam)
  • Mar 27 Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.
  • Mar 30 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Compulsory education law
  • Mar 30 62nd Grand National: Algy Anthony aboard Ambush II wins
  • Mar 31 At " Surprise of Sanna’s Post" in the Second Boer War 150 troops under Brigadier General Robert Broadwood were killed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Edna Swithenbank Manley, Jamaican sculptor, wife of PM
  • Mar 1 Yorgos Seferis, [Seferi dis], Greek diplomat/poet (Strofi)
  • Mar 1 Donald Keith Falkner, singer
  • Mar 2 Kurt J Weill, Dessau Germany, composer/Brecht collaborator (Mahogany)
  • Mar 3 Edna Best, British actress (Key, Calendar, Escape, Intermezzo), born in Hove, England (d. 1974)
  • Mar 3 Ruby Dandridge [Ruby Jean Butler], American actress (Father of the Bride), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1987)
  • Mar 4 Roberto Soundy, El Salvador, trap shooter (Olympic-1968)
  • Mar 4 Herbert Biberman, American screenwriter (d. 1971)
  • Mar 5 Ludwig Donath, actor (Jolson Story, Jolson Sings Again)
  • Mar 6 John Henry Pyle Pafford, British librarian (University of London), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire (d. 1996)
  • Mar 6 Ludwig Donath, actor (Torn Curtain, Sirocco), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 6 Robert "Lefty" Grove, baseball pitcher (300 game winner)
  • Mar 7 Evald Aav, Estonian composer (Vikerlased), born in Tallinn (d. 1939) [OS 22 Feb]
  • Mar 7 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter
  • Mar 7 [Albert] Carel Willink, Dutch painter (magic realism)
  • Mar 8 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • Mar 9 Aimone duke of Spoleta/Aosta, Italian king of Croatia (1941-43)
  • Mar 10 Sherman Billingsley, Enid Ok, talk show host (Stork Club)
  • Mar 12 David Croll, QC senator
  • Mar 12 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer
  • Mar 13 Béla Guttman, Hungarian footballer (d. 1981)
  • Mar 15 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer
  • Mar 17 Alfred Newman, composer (Love is a Many Splendored Thing), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mar 19 Roy Roberts, actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Mar 19 [Jean] Frederic Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1935)
  • Mar 21 Eugenie Leontovitch, actor (Homicidal), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 21 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor
  • Mar 23 Erich Fromm, Frankfurt Germany, psychologist (Sane Society)
  • Mar 23 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer
  • Mar 24 June [Algeria Junius] Clark, musician trumpet
  • Mar 26 Isadore Freed, composer
  • Mar 28 Achille Longo, composer
  • Mar 28 Robert Harris, actor (Big Caper, Laughing Anne)
  • Mar 29 John McEwen, eighteenth Prime Minister of Australia (1967068), born in Chiltern, Australia (d. 1980)
  • Mar 29 Bill Aston, British racing driver (d. 1974)
  • Mar 31 Henry WFA, English duke of Gloucester/earl of Ulters

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 6 Gottlieb Daimler, designed 1st motorcycle, dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer, dies at 94
  • Mar 11 Edmund Peate, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1881-86), dies
  • Mar 18 Antonio Nobre, Portuguese poet (Só), dies at 32
  • Mar 19 John Bingham, American politician and lawyer, dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer (b. 1819)
  • Mar 26 Isaac Mayer Wise, rabbi/found American Hebrew Congregations, dies at 80
  • Mar 27 Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69
  • Mar 31 Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies