On This Day

What Happened in March 1827

Historical Events

  • Mar 7 Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner, a wealthy heiress in Cheshire, England, is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand
  • Mar 15 University of Toronto is chartered
  • Mar 16 First US newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" owned and operated by African Americans begins publishing in New York City

Music History

Mar 29 20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethovens burial in Vienna

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 7 Henry DeLamar Clayton, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
  • Mar 8 Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (Father of Bantu Philology), born in Berlin (d. 1875)
  • Mar 12 John Robert Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • Mar 12 William Richard Terry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • Mar 19 Alexander Shaler, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1911)
  • Mar 26 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, born in Uszyce, Poland (d. 1887)

Famous Weddings

George Bancroft

Mar 1 Father of U.S. History George Bancroft (26) weds first wife Sarah Dwight

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Christopher Gore, American lawyer & politician (8th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 68
  • Mar 5 Pierre-Simon Laplace, French mathematician (b. 1749)
  • Mar 5 Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace, French mathematician, astronomer and physicist (stability of the solar system), dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Franz Xaver Gerl, Austrian bass singer and composer, dies at 62

Ludwig van Beethoven

Mar 26 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), dies of liver disease at 56

  • Mar 27 François Alexandre Frédéric, French social reformer (b. 1747)