What Happened in March 1856

Historical Events

  • Mar 5 Covent Garden Opera House, London, destroyed in a fire
  • Mar 5 Georgia becomes 1st state to regulate railroads
  • Mar 9 Sigma Alpha Epsilon is founded in the Johnston Mansion House on the University of Alabama
  • Mar 25 A E Burnside patents Burnside carbine
  • Mar 26 New South Wales's first 1st-class game, v Victoria at Melbourne NSW, won

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Florimond Fonteyne, Flemish priest/politician (Volkseeuw)
  • Mar 4 Toru Dutt, English and French poet and author (d. 1877)
  • Mar 4 Alfred William Rich, English painter (d. 1921)
  • Mar 7 Matilde Serao, [Tuffolina], Italian writer (Land of Cockayne)
  • Mar 8 Bramwell Booth, 2nd General of The Salvation Army, born in Halifax, England (d. 1929)
  • Mar 8 Tom Roberts, British-Australian artist (Shearing the Rams), born in Dorchester, Dorset, England (d. 1931)
  • Mar 9 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1928)
  • Mar 16 NapolĂ©on IV, Prince Imperial, Emperor of the French (1873-79), born in Paris, French Empire (d. 1879)
  • Mar 17 Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (d. 1910)

Person of interestFrederick Winslow Taylor

Mar 20 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1915)

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • Mar 20 Sir John Lavery, Irish artist (d. 1941)

Person of interestHenry Ossian Flipper

Mar 21 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877, born in Thomasville, Georgia (d. 1940)

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • Mar 26 David Alfred Thomas, 1st Viscount Rhondda, Welsh coal-mining entrepreneur, born in Ysgyborwen, Wales (d. 1918)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 11 James Beatty, Irish railway engineer (b. 1820)
  • Mar 28 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76