On This Day

What Happened in March 1841

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 3rd Grand National: Horatio Powell wins aboard 14/1 Charity; first mare to win the race

Theater Premiere

Mar 4 Dion Boucicault's play "London Assurance" premieres in London

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 Longest US presidential inauguration speech (8,443 words) by William Henry Harrison

  • Mar 5 1st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11
  • Mar 9 US Supreme Court rules the kidnapped slaves from the Spanish schooner the Amistad are free
  • Mar 22 A method for alkali starch extraction is patented in the US by Orlando Jones, which is later applied to corn (cornstarch)
  • Mar 27 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC

Music Premiere

Mar 31 1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Blanche Bruce, American politician who was born a slave, (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881), born in Farmville, Virginia (d. 1898)
  • Mar 1 Romualdo Marenco, Italain composer, chiefly of ballet music (Excelsior), and conductor, born in Novi Ligure, Italy (d. 1907)
  • Mar 3 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Depths of the Ocean)
  • Mar 4 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (And fremmed Fugl)
  • Mar 7 Olegario Victor Andrade, Argentine, journalist and poet (El nido de condores), born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (d. 1882)
  • Mar 7 William Rockhill Nelson, founder of The Kansas City Star and patron of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (d. 1915)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Mar 8 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, French marshal, dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Félix Savart, French surgeon and physicist (Law of Biot & Savart), dies at 49