Historical Events in March 1889

  • Mar 2 Kansas passes 1st US antitrust

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 Benjamin Harrison inaugurated as 23rd president

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • Mar 9 Battle at Gallabat (Metema): Mahdi's beat Abyssinian emperor John IV
  • Mar 9 Kansas passes 1st general antitrust law in US
  • Mar 12 Battle at Metema (Gallabad): Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes IV, defeated
  • Mar 12 Start of South Africa's 1st Test, v England, Port Elizabeth
  • Mar 14 August Strindberg's "Froken Julie" premieres in Copenhagen

1stHistoric Invention

Mar 14 German Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his "Navigable Balloon"

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • Mar 15 6 US & German warships sunk by a typhoon in Apia harbour, Samoa, 200 die
  • Mar 23 Pres Harrison opens Oklahoma for white colonization
  • Mar 23 The free Woolwich Ferry officially opens in east London
  • Mar 23 The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India.
  • Mar 25 1st Test Cricket match played at Newlands, Cape Town v England
  • Mar 26 Bernard Tancred carries bat for 26* out of 47! South Africa v England
  • Mar 26 Johnny Briggs took 15-26 (7-17 & 8-11) v South Africa at Newlands
  • Mar 26 South Africa all out 47, then follow-on all out 43 v England
  • Mar 29 51st Grand National: Mr Tommy Beasley IRE aboard Frigate IRE wins
  • Mar 30 John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY)

CommunicationOpening of the Eiffel Tower

Mar 31 Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris. Built for the Exposition Universelle, at 300m high it retains the record for the tallest man made structure for 41 years.