On This Day

What Happened on March 3, 1863

Historical Events

  • 1st US wartime military conscription bill enacted

Historic Event

Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences

  • Congress authorizes a US mint at Carson City, Nevada
  • Federal ironclad ships bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia
  • Free city delivery replaces zone postage; 449 letter carriers hired
  • Gold certificates (currency) authorized by US Congress
  • Idaho Territory forms

Historic Event

US Congress authorizes track width of 4'8½" for Union Pacific Railroad


Famous Birthdays

  • Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (d. 1947)
1863 Highlights

About March 3, 1863

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 158 years, 8 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Pisces