On This Day

What Happened in March 1858

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Frederick Cook of New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie

Historic Event

Mar 5 Abolitionists establish "Crispus Attucks Day" in Boston

  • Mar 6 20th Grand National: William Archer wins aboard outsider Little Charley at 100/6
  • Mar 9 Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox

Historic Event

Mar 14 Ellen G. White receives a vision while attending a funeral service in Lovett's Grove, near Bowling Green, Ohio

  • Mar 18 Dutch Van der Brugghen government resigns
  • Mar 23 Streetcar patented (E A Gardner of Philadelphia)
  • Mar 30 Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Georg Simmel, German philosopher/sociologist
  • Mar 7 Nikolai Artzibushev, Russian composer, born in Tsarskoye Selo (d. 1937)
  • Mar 13 Maximilien Luce, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1941)
  • Mar 15 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding)

Rudolf Diesel

Mar 18 Rudolf Diesel, French-born German engineer (invented the diesel engine), born in Paris, France (disappeared 1913)

  • Mar 23 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel prize 1927)
  • Mar 27 Peter C. Lutkin, composer, born in Thomp­son­ville, Wis­con­sin (d. 1931)
  • Mar 30 Siegfried Alkan, German composer, born in Dillingen, Saarland (d. 1941)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic, dies at 54

Matthew C. Perry

Mar 4 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, dies of rheumatism at 63

  • Mar 26 John Addison Thomas, American soldier and US Assistant Secretary of State, dies at 47