What Happened in March 1872

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Yellowstone becomes world's 1st national park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Louis Riel goes into voluntary exile in St. Paul, Minnesota

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel

1stHistoric Invention

Mar 5 George Westinghouse Jr patents triple air brake for trains

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse
Entrepreneur and Engineer
George Westinghouse
  • Mar 7 -8°F (-22°C ) in Boston, MA
  • Mar 11 Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain
  • Mar 11 The Meiji Japanese government officially annexes the Ryukyu Kingdom into what would become the Okinawa prefecture
  • Mar 16 1st FA Cup Final: Wanderers defeat Royal Engineers 1-0 at Kennington Oval in London
  • Mar 21 33rd Grand National: John Page aboard Casse Tete wins
  • Mar 22 Illinois becomes 1st state to require sexual equality in employment
  • Mar 26 7.8 earthquake shakes Owens Valley, California
  • Mar 26 Thomas J Martin patents fire extinguisher

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Wee Willie Keeler, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles); hit .432 in 1897

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 7 Piet Mondrian, Dutch abstract painter (Broadway Boogie Woogie), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1944)

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • Mar 7 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer
  • Mar 8 Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer
  • Mar 10 Felix Borowski, composer
  • Mar 11 Abraham van Stolk Jzn, lumber merchant/art collector
  • Mar 13 Oswald Garrison Villard, American journalist
  • Mar 17 Billy Quaife, cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902)
  • Mar 18 Frank Hoyt Losey, composer
  • Mar 19 Sergei Diaghilev, Gruzino Novgorod Russia, ballet director
  • Mar 19 Anna Held, Polish-born French actress and singer (A Parisian Model), born in Warsaw (d. 1918)
  • Mar 20 Bernhard Seklas, composer
  • Mar 20 Karin Michaelis, writer
  • Mar 25 Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument in Argentina)
  • Mar 28 Jose Sanjurjo y Sacanell, Spanish general (Morocco)
  • Mar 30 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, composer
  • Mar 31 Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, Russian dance master (Imperial Ballet)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Johannes Carsten Hauch, Danish poet (b. 1790)
  • Mar 10 Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary (Giovane Italy), dies at 66
  • Mar 12 Zeng Guofan, Chinese politician and general (b. 1811)
  • Mar 30 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Italian-Greek composer, dies at 76