On This Day

What Happened in March 1815

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Sunday observance in Netherlands regulated by law
  • Mar 2 Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King
  • Mar 3 US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute
  • Mar 16 Willem I proclaimed King of the Netherlands, including Belgium

Historic Event

Mar 20 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule

  • Mar 24 Handel & Haydn Society of Boston founded

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Antonio Buzzolla, composer
  • Mar 4 Mykhailo Verbytsky, Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and composer (Prostachka; The State Anthem of Ukraine), born in Nadsyannia, Russian Empire (now Poland) (d. 1870)
  • Mar 5 John Wentworth, American politician (d. 1888)
  • Mar 9 David Davis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Cecil County, Maryland (d. 1886)
  • Mar 13 James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist, born in Milton, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • Mar 14 Josephine Lang, German composer, born in Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria (now Germany) (d. 1880)
  • Mar 28 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist and poet, born in Bruyères, France (d. 1896)
  • Mar 30 Wincenty Studzinski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Kraków (d. 1854)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Franz Anton Mesmer, Austrian physician and hypnotist (Mesmerism), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Lungtok Gyatso, 9th Dalai Lama, dies at 9