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


Person of interestElizabeth Barrett Browning

Mar 6 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet ("Sonnets from the Portuguese"), born in Kelloe, Durham (d. 1861)

  • Mar 9 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • Mar 12 Jane Pierce, American 1st lady (1853-57) and wife of Franklin Pierce, born in Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1863)
  • Mar 16 Norbert Rillieux, inventor (sugar refiner)
  • Mar 21 Benito Pablo Juarez, president of Mexico (1858-72), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 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)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Heinrich Christian Boie, German author and editor, dies at 61
  • Mar 16 Giuseppe Colla, composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 17 David Dale, industrialist & philanthropist, dies
  • Mar 23 George Pinto, English composer, dies at 20