What Happened in March 1824

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Interstate commerce comes under federal control
  • Mar 4 The "National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck" founded in the United Kingdom, later to be renamed The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1858.
  • Mar 5 First Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma
  • Mar 7 Meyerbeers opera "Il Crociati in Egitto" premieres in Venice
  • Mar 11 US War Department creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Mar 17 Britain & Netherlands sign a trade agreement
  • Mar 21 Fire at Cairo ammunitions dump kills 4,000 horses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" in St. Petersburg


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana, Bohemian composer (Bartered Bride, Moldau)
  • Mar 2 Konstantin Ushinsky, Russian educationalist, credited as the founder of scientific pedagogy in Russia
  • Mar 2 Henry Beebee Carrington, American lawyer, professor, prolific author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Wallingford, Connecticut (d. 1912)
  • Mar 5 Elisha Harris, American physician/found American Public Health Assoc
  • Mar 5 James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman (Currier and Ives), born in NYC, New York (d. 1895)

Person of interestLeland Stanford

Mar 9 Leland Stanford, American business tycoon (Southern Pacific Railroad), 8th Governor of California and founder of Stanford University, born in Watervliet, New York (d. 1893)

Business Tycoon and Politican Leland Stanford
Business Tycoon and Politican
Leland Stanford
  • Mar 10 Thomas James Churchill, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1905)
  • Mar 12 Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (spectroscopy, coined "black body" radiation), born in Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1887)
  • Mar 15 Branko Radicevic, Serbian poet (1st Serbian Uprising)
  • Mar 15 Jules Chevalier, French priest (d. 1907)
  • Mar 22 William Henry Chase Whiting, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1865)
  • Mar 25 Clinton L. Merriam, American politician (d. 1900)
  • Mar 29 Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1899)
  • Mar 30 Innis Newton Palmer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1900)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violist/composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 9 Jacobus J Cramer, priest of Holland/Zealand/Friesland, dies at 79
  • Mar 12 Heinrich Carl Ebell, composer, dies at 48
  • Mar 22 Johann Melchior Dreyer, composer, dies at 76