March 1900 in History

Events in History

  • 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, Pres Kruger flees
  • 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.

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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
  • Mar 13 In France the length of the workday for women and children is limited to 11 hours by law.
  • 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 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 31 At " Surprise of Sanna’s Post" in the Second Boer War 150 troops under Brigadier General Robert Broadwood were killed.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Edna Swithenbank Manley, Jamaican sculptor, wife of PM
  • Mar 1 Yorgos Seferis, [Seferi dis], Greek diplomat/poet (Strofi)
  • Mar 6 John Henry Pyle Pafford, librarian (University of London)
  • Mar 7 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter
  • Mar 7 [Albert] Carel Willink, Dutch painter (magic realism)
  • Mar 9 Aimone duke of Spoleta/Aosta, Italian king of Croatia (1941-43)
  • Mar 9 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (d. 1973)
  • Mar 10 Sherman Billingsley, Enid Ok, talk show host (Stork Club)
  • Mar 12 David Croll, QC senator
  • Mar 15 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer
  • Mar 19 [Jean] Frederic Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1935)
  • Mar 23 Erich Fromm, Frankfurt Germany, psychologist (Sane Society)
  • Mar 29 John McEwen, eighteenth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1980)
  • Mar 31 Henry WFA, English duke of Gloucester/earl of Ulters

Deaths in History

  • Mar 6 Gottlieb Daimler, designed 1st motorcycle, dies at 65
  • Mar 18 Antonio Nobre, Portuguese poet (So [Lonely]), dies at 32
  • Mar 19 John Bingham, American politician and lawyer (b. 1815)
  • 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