What Happened in March 1853

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory
  • Mar 2 15th Grand National: Tom Oliver aboard Peter Simple wins
  • Mar 3 Transcontinental railroad survey is authorized by US Congress
  • Mar 3 US Assay Office in NYC authorized
  • Mar 4 Pope Pius IX recovers Catholic hierarchy in Netherlands
  • Mar 4 William Rufus de Vane King (D) sworn in as 13th US VP

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 6 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 5 Arthur W Foote, organist/composer (Suite for Strings in E), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Mar 5 Howard Pyle, illustrator/painter/author (King Stork)
  • Mar 8 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvels, Flemish composer (Parisina)
  • Mar 14 Ferdinand Hodler, Swiss painter (d. 1918)
  • Mar 20 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Rudolf Kittel, German theologist (Psalms)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch artist, painter and pioneer of Expressionism (The Potato Eaters, Irises), born in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands (d. 1890)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist (b. 1774)
  • Mar 5 Georg A Kestner, German art collector/diplomat, dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Edward John Dent, British Clockmaker, dies at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 17 Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist, dies at 49