March 1870 in History

Events in History


Mar 4 On command of Louis Riel, Thomas Scott is executed by a firing squad. Riel rejects all appeals and requests to intervene in an attempt to demonstrate to the Canadian government that the M├ętis must be taken seriously

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel
  • Mar 14 California legislature approves act making Golden Gate Park possible
  • Mar 17 Mass legislature authorizes incorporation of Wellesley Female Seminary
  • Mar 18 1st US National Wildlife Preserve (Lake Meritt in Oakland California)
  • Mar 30 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
  • Mar 30 Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union
  • Mar 30 Florida territorial government established.
  • Mar 31 1st black to vote in US (Thomas P Mundy of Perth Amboy NJ)

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet (d. 1944)
  • Mar 5 Frank Norris, journalist and writer (McTeague, Octopus), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1902)
  • Mar 11 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (d. 1946)
  • Mar 13 Albert Meyer, member of the Swiss Federal Council in the 1930s (d. 1953)
  • Mar 17 Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist (d. 1951)
  • Mar 20 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Prussian general/politician (East Africa)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Francisco S Lopez, President of Paraguay (1862-70), dies at 43
  • Mar 11 Moshoeshoe I, King of Lesotho (1822-70), dies at about 47
  • Mar 28 George Henry Thomas, American general (b. 1816)