On This Day

What Happened in March 1848

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 10th Grand National: Capt. Josey Little aboard 12/1 Chandler wins; race marred by fatal falls of 3 competitors

Historic Event

Mar 3 American education reformer Horace Mann joins the US Senate, representing Massachusetts

  • Mar 4 Sardinia-Piemonte gets new Constitution
  • Mar 4 Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will later represent the first constitution of the Regno d'Italia
  • Mar 5 Louis Antoine Garnier-Pages is named French minister of Finance
  • Mar 7 In Hawaii, Great Mahele (division of lands) signed
  • Mar 11 Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government
  • Mar 12 2nd Republic established in France
  • Mar 15 A revolution breaks out in Hungary. The Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party.
  • Mar 23 The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
  • Mar 24 State of siege proclaimed in Amsterdam
  • Mar 27 John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American sculptor and designer (1907 $20 gold piece)
  • Mar 3 Adelaide Neilson, English stage actress (The Hunchback), born in Leeds, England (d. 1880)
  • Mar 9 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, Belgian composer, born in Jupille-sur-Meuse, Liège, Belgium (d. 1924)
  • Mar 17 Horace Nicholl, British composer, born in Tipton, England (d. 1922)
  • Mar 18 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • Mar 18 Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)

Wyatt Earp

Mar 19 Wyatt Earp, American frontiersman and marshal who participated in the gunfight at the OK Corral, born in Monmouth, Illinois (d. 1929)

  • Mar 24 Honoré Beaugrand, Quebec journalist and newspaper publisher (La Patrie) (d. 1906)
  • Mar 25 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 29 Aleksei Kuropatkin, Russian general and minister of War, born in Sheshurino, Russia (d. 1925)
  • Mar 31 John Henry Roberts, composer

Famous Weddings

James Longstreet

Mar 8 Confederate General James Longstreet (27) weds Maria Louisa Garland in Lynchburg, Virginia

  • Mar 20 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Heinrich Olivier, German painter, dies
  • Mar 20 Abraham des Amorie van der Hoeven, Dutch theologist/poet, dies at 27
  • Mar 26 Steen Steensen Blicher, Danish poet and short-story writer (E Binddstouw), dies at 65

John Jacob Astor

Mar 29 John Jacob Astor [Johann Jakob Astor] German-American businessman (first multi-millionaire in the United States), dies at 84