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Events in History

  • Mar 1 Present seal of SF adopted (its 2nd)
  • Mar 18 Vera Cruz besieged by Miramon (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
  • Mar 21 Scottish National Gallery opens in Edinburgh
  • Mar 21 Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in US, incorporated
  • Mar 26 1st supposed sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury; it doesn't exist

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 8 Kenneth Grahame, Scottish author (The Wind in the Willows), born in Edinburgh (d. 1932)
  • Mar 12 Abraham H. Cannon, Mormon apostle (d. 1896)
  • Mar 16 Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (d. 1906)
  • Mar 26 A[lfred] E[dward] Housman, England, poet (Shropshire Lad)
  • Mar 26 Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (d. 1919)