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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 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 PhotoNiagara Falls Stops Flowing

Mar 29 Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
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The flow of water stops completely over both of Niagara's two falls due to an ice jam in the upper river
The flow of water stops completely over both of Niagara's two falls due to an ice jam in the upper river

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 12 Cyrill Kistler, composer
  • Mar 17 Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer
  • Mar 18 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • Mar 18 Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1939)

Person of interestWyatt Earp

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

Frontier lawman Wyatt Earp
Frontier lawman
Wyatt Earp
  • 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


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • 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

Person of interestJohn Jacob Astor

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

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor