On This Day

What Happened in March 1804

Historical Events

  • Mar 4 The Battle of Vinegar Hill, colony of New South Wales (Australia), when Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland's Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) led the colony's only significant convict uprising.
  • Mar 17 Friedrich Schiller's play "Wilhelm Tell" premieres
  • Mar 21 Napoleonic Code adopted in France, stresses clearly written and accessible law
  • Mar 26 Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
  • Mar 26 Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase
  • Mar 28 Ohio passes law restricting movement of Blacks
  • Mar 29 Thousands of Whites massacred in Haiti

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 8 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • Mar 14 Johann Strauss the Elder, Viennese violinist and composer (Radetzky March), born in Leopoldstadt, Austria (d. 1849)
  • Mar 17 James Bridger, scout/fur trader/mountain man par excellance
  • Mar 20 Neal Dow, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1897)
  • Mar 30 Salomon Sulzer, composer

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 13 Economist Thomas Robert Malthus (38) weds Harriet Eckersall in Bath, Somerset

Economist and Demographer Thomas Malthus
Economist and Demographer
Thomas Malthus

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Wolfgang Nicolaus Haueisen, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 4 Karl Leopold Rollig, composer, dies
  • Mar 16 Francisco marquis Albergati Capacelli, Italian playwright, dies at 75
  • Mar 20 Ignaz Malzat, composer, dies at 47
  • Mar 21 Louis-Antoine-Henri de Bourbon-Condé, duc d'Enghien (executed) (b. 1772)
  • Mar 30 Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie, Marshal of France (b. 1718)