On This Day

What Happened in March 1789

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • Mar 3 First whale harpooned in the Pacific Ocean by English ship Emilia off the coast of South America [1]

Constitution of the United States

Mar 4 1st US Congress meets and declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 reps)

  • Mar 4 US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, Fx. Muhlenberg 1st speaker

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 4 Pavel Gagarin, Russian politician (d. 1872)
  • Mar 16 Georg Ohm, German physicist and mathematician (Ohm's law), born in Erlangen, Bavaria (d. 1854)
  • Mar 17 Edmund Kean, British Shakespearean tragic actor (Shylock), born in London, England (d. 1833)