On This Day

What Happened in March 1869

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 US Postage stamps showing scenes issued for 1st time. These pictorials showed a post horse and rider, a locomotive, a shield, an eagle and a ship, the Adriatic
  • Mar 3 University of South Carolina opens to all races
  • Mar 3 31st Grand National: George Stevens wins his 4th GN aboard 100/7 outsider The Colonel; repeats with back-to-back victories the following year

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Mar 4 Ulysses Grant inaugurated as 18th US President

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant

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Mar 6 Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of the elements to the Russian Chemical Society

Chemist and Inventor Dmitri Mendeleev
Chemist and Inventor
Dmitri Mendeleev
  • Mar 11 The West first learns of the Giant Panda via French missionary Armand David who receives a skin from a hunter
  • Mar 13 Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law
  • Mar 14 Defeat of Maori leader Titokowaru in New Zealand
  • Mar 15 Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st professional baseball team

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Mar 16 Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing), born in London, England (d. 1944)
  • Mar 5 Michael von Faulhaber, cardinal/archbishop of Munich
  • Mar 7 Ernst Cohen, Dutch chemist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • Mar 7 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1909)
  • Mar 14 Algernon Blackwood, English novelist (The Willows), born in Shooter's Hill, Kent, England (d. 1951)
  • Mar 15 Stanisław Wojciechowski, President of Poland (d. 1953)
  • Mar 16 F. A. Forbes, Scottish author (d. 1936)

Person of interestNeville Chamberlain

Mar 18 [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (C, 1937-40), born in Birmingham, England

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

Mar 21 Albert Kahn, American architect (architect of Detroit), born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1942

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • Mar 21 Florenz Ziegfeld, producer (Ziegfield Follies)

Person of interestEmilio Aguinaldo

Mar 22 Emilio Aguinaldo, 1st President of the Philippines (1899-1901), born in Kawit, Cavite, Philippines (d. 1964)

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • Mar 25 Gustaaf DFL Schamelhout, Flemish physician/writer
  • Mar 27 James McNeill, Irish politician, 2nd Governor-General of the Irish Free State, born in Glenarm, County Antrim, Ireland (d. 1938)
  • Mar 29 Aleš Hrdlička, Austro-Hungarian anthropologist and curator (US National Museum), born in Humpolec, Austria-Hungary (d. 1943)
  • Mar 29 Edwin Lutyens, English architect (Viceroy's House, New Delhi), born in London (d. 1944)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 18 US Abolitionist Harriet Tubman marries civil war veteran Nelson Davis in Auburn NY

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Alphonse MLP de Lamartine, Fr poet (History of Girondins), dies at 78
  • Mar 8 Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65
  • Mar 11 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher and writer, dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), dies at 64
  • Mar 23 Charles Lucas, English composer and Principle of the Royal Academy of Music, dies at 60
  • Mar 24 Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (b. 1779)
  • Mar 25 Edward Bates, American lawyer (26th U.S. Attorney General), dies at 75
  • Mar 31 Allan Kardec, French author and founder of Spiritism, dies at 64