What Happened in March 1806

Historical Events

  • Mar 29 Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway

Famous Birthdays

Elizabeth Barrett BrowningElizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Mar 6 English poet ("Sonnets from the Portuguese"), born in Kelloe, Durham

  • Mar 9 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • Mar 12 Jane Appleton Pierce, American 1st lady (1853-57) and wife of Franklin Pierce, born in Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1863)
  • Mar 17 Norbert Rillieux, American chemical engineer and inventor (sugar refiner), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1894)
  • Mar 21 Benito Ju├írez, Mexican politician (1st indigenous President of Mexico 1858-72), born in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1872)
  • Mar 26 Josef Slavik, Czech composer, born in Jince, Czech Republic (d. 1833)
  • Mar 28 Ludolph Anne Jan Wilt Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1861-66), born in Voorst, Batavian Republic (d. 1890)
  • Mar 28 Thomas Hare, English barrister and political reformer, born in England (d. 1891)
Born in 1806

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Heinrich Christian Boie, German author and editor, dies at 61
  • Mar 16 Giuseppe Colla, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 17 David Dale, Scottish industrialist & philanthropist (cotton magnate who implemented advanced social and educational conditions), dies at 67
  • Mar 23 George Pinto [Sanders], English violin prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 20