What Happened in March 1836

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico in Columbia

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 Samuel Colt manufactures first pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt

BattleBattle of Interest

Mar 6 Battle of the Alamo: After 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelm the Texan defenders, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett
  • Mar 16 Constitution of the Republic of Texas approved, legalises slavery
  • Mar 27 1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland, Ohio)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)
  • Mar 5 Charles Goodnight, American cattle rancher (d. 1929)
  • Mar 8 Matthew Calbraith Butler, American Major General (Confederate Army) and politician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1909)
  • Mar 15 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, composer
  • Mar 16 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor of the cable car, born in London (d. 1900)
  • Mar 20 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American politician (d. 1886)
  • Mar 20 Sir Edward Poynter, British painter (d. 1919)
  • Mar 21 Jesus Monasterio, composer
  • Mar 28 Frederick Pabst, German-American brewer (Pabst Brewing Company), born in M√∂nchpfiffel-Nikolausrieth, Germany (d. 1904)
  • Mar 30 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German industrialist/politician

Famous Deaths


Person of interestDavy Crockett

Mar 6 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, adventurer and politician, killed at the Battle of the Alamo at 49

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett
  • Mar 6 James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • Mar 6 Jim Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (b. 1796)
  • Mar 6 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), dies at 39
  • Mar 9 Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French Enlightenment philosopher, dies at 81
  • Mar 27 James Fannin, Texas revolutionary (b. 1804)