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 31st Grand National: George Stevens wins his 4th GN aboard 100/7 outsider The Colonel; repeats with back-to-back victories the following year
  • Mar 3 University of South Carolina opens to all races

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 Ulysses S. Grant inaugurated as 18th US President

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Ngāti Ruanui leader Riwha Titokowaru in Taranaki, New Zealand by British forces
  • Mar 15 With 10 salaried players, Cincinnati Red Stockings become baseball's first professional team

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's "Proms" concerts, vocal teacher (Gentle Art of Singing), and composer (Fantasia on British Sea Songs), born in London, England (d. 1944)
  • Mar 5 Michael von Faulhaber, cardinal/archbishop of Munich
  • Mar 7 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1909)
  • Mar 7 Ernst Cohen, Dutch chemist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 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)

Neville Chamberlain

Mar 18 [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1937-40), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1940)

Albert Kahn

Mar 21 Albert Kahn, American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1942

  • Mar 21 Florenz Ziegfeld, producer (Ziegfield Follies)
  • 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

Harriet Tubman

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

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Alphonse MLP de Lamartine, French poet (History of Girondins), dies at 78

Hector Berlioz

Mar 8 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphonie fantastique), dies at 65

  • Mar 11 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher & 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