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
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 5 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • Mar 5 Howard Pyle, illustrator/painter/author (King Stork)
  • Mar 8 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvels, Flemish composer (Parisina), born in Antwerp (d. 1916)
  • Mar 14 Ferdinand Hodler, Swiss painter, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1918)
  • Mar 20 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Rudolf Kittel, German theologist (Psalms), born in Eningen, W├╝rttemberg, Germany (d. 1929)

Person of interestVincent van Gogh

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 interestChristian Doppler

Mar 17 Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist, dies at 49