What Happened in March 1866

Historical Events

Historic Event

Mar 1 War of the Triple Alliance: Paraguayan canoes sink 2 Brazilian ironclads on the Rio Paraná

  • Mar 2 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn
  • Mar 7 28th Grand National: 1852 winner Alec Goodman wins his second GN aboard Irish 40/1 outsider Salamander
  • Mar 19 Immigrant ship Monarch of the Seas sinks in Liverpool; 738 die
  • Mar 21 US Congress authorizes national soldiers' homes
  • Mar 27 Andrew Rankin patents the urinal

Historic Event

Mar 27 US President Andrew Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amendment

  • Mar 28 1st ambulance goes into service
  • Mar 30 Bedřich Smetana's comic opera"Verkaufte Braut" (The Bartered Bride) premieres at Prague Provisional Theatre
  • Mar 31 The Spanish navy bombards the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Fred A. Busse, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1914)
  • Mar 7 Paul Ernst, German writer, born in Elbingerode, Kingdom of Hanover (d. 1933)
  • Mar 10 Amanda Aldridge, British opera singer, pianist, teacher, and composer of parlour songs and light orchestral pieces music, born in Upper Norwood, London, England (d, 1956)
  • Mar 14 Alexey Troitsky, Russian chess problemist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • Mar 15 Johan Vaaler, Norwegian inventor (d. 1910)
  • Mar 15 Matthew Charlton, Australian politician (d. 1948)
  • Mar 17 Pierce Butler, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1939)
  • Mar 18 Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer
  • Mar 18 John Loudon, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs (1913-18)
  • Mar 20 Robert Poore, Irish cricket batsman (3 Tests for South Africa; Hampshire), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1938)
  • Mar 21 Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury, astronomer
  • Mar 24 Jack McAuliffe, Irish-American boxer and undefeated World Lightweight champion (1886-93), born in Cork, Ireland, United Kingdom (d. 1937)
  • Mar 28 Jimmy Ross, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1902)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Alexander Campbell, Irish-American clergyman and Founder of Disciples of Christ, dies at 77
  • Mar 4 Félix Danjou, French church organist, arranger, music teacher, organ builder, and political journalist, dies at 53
  • Mar 6 William Whewell, English polymath and philosopher (History of Inductive Science), dies at 71
  • Mar 10 Antonio Francesco Gaetano S Pacini, Italian-French composer and music publisher, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Louis Clapisson, French composer and violinist, dies at 57
  • Mar 20 Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, dies at 23
  • Mar 24 Maria Amalia, of Bourbon-Sicily, French queen as wife of Louis Philip of Austria, dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Solomon Foot, American politician (U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1851-66) and attorney, dies at 63
  • Mar 29 Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, Rabbi/Chassidic leader, dies