On This Day

What Happened in March 1819

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Territory of Arkansas organized
  • Mar 2 US passed its 1st immigration law

Welcome Shoppers, But No Whistling Please

Mar 20 London’s famous Burlington Arcade opens, the world’s 1st shopping arcade

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 4 Charles Oberthur, German composer and harpist, born in Munich (d. 1895)
  • Mar 11 Henry Tate, English sugar producer (Tate Gallery)
  • Mar 11 Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Don Quiotte)
  • Mar 19 David Henry Williams, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (d. 1891)
  • Mar 22 William Wirt Adams, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1888)
  • Mar 26 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, Portuguese composer, born in Lamego, Portugal (d. 1855)
  • Mar 26 Louise Otto-Peters, German suffragist, women's rights movement activist and author (The Wandering Star), born in Meissen, Germany (d. 1895)
  • Mar 28 Sir Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (London's Metropolitan Board of Works), born in Clay Hill, Enfield, London (d. 1891)
  • Mar 29 Edwin Drake, American businessman who drilled 1st productive US oil well, born in Greenville, New York (d. 1881)
  • Mar 29 Isaac Mayer Wise, American rabbi and founder (American Hebrew Congregations), born in Steingrub, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1900)
  • Mar 31 Prince Chlodwig zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1901)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 8 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, doctor, Massachusetts militia officer, member of the Massachusetts legislature (b. 1739)
  • Mar 9 János Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, dies at 41
  • Mar 10 Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, German philosopher and writer, dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Nicolas Sejan, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 23 August von Kotzebue, German dramatist, dies at 57