What Happened in March 1812

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)
  • Mar 11 Citizenship granted to Prussian Jews
  • Mar 14 Congress authorizes war bonds to finance War of 1812
  • Mar 15 1st Russian settlement in California at Russian River
  • Mar 19 The first Spanish constitution is enacted, one of the earliest constitutions ever promulgated

VenezuelaMassive Earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela

Mar 26 Earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela and kills an estimated 15,000–20,000 people
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Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Augustus Pugin, English-born architect (d. 1852)
  • Mar 6 Aaron Lufkin Dennison, father of American watchmaking
  • Mar 9 Jakob Eduard Schmolzer, Austrian composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1886)
  • Mar 10 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice
  • Mar 11 James Speed, Atty Gen (Union), (d. 1887)
  • Mar 11 William Vincent Wallace, composer
  • Mar 16 Henry Dwight Terry, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1869)
  • Mar 20 George Bibb Crittenden, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • Mar 22 Stephen Pearl Andrews, American abolitionist (d. 1886)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 20 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemian pianist/composer, dies at 52