What Happened in March 1874

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Baseball batter's box is officially adopted
  • Mar 10 Purdue University (Indiana) admits its 1st student
  • Mar 18 Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
  • Mar 22 Young Men's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC
  • Mar 26 35th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson aboard Reugny FRA wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jean de Merode, [Marie-Louise B Courtenay], Princess of Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • Mar 5 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch writer (The World a Dancing Party)
  • Mar 5 Henry Travers [Travers John Heagerty], British actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra), born in Prudhoe, Northumberland, England (d. 1965)
  • Mar 9 Richard Ohlsson, Swedish composer (d. 1940)
  • Mar 12 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer
  • Mar 14 Anton Philips, Co-Founder of Royal Philips Electronics N.V., born in Zaltbommel, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • Mar 14 Mary Carr, Actress actress (Forbidden Trail, Pack Up Your Troubles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • Mar 15 Harold L Ickes, social activist, New Deal politician
  • Mar 15 Eugène Fiset, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1951)
  • Mar 17 Kincsem, horse that never lost a race
  • Mar 17 Stephen Samuel Wise, American Rabbi and President of Zionist Org of America, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1949)
  • Mar 18 Nikolai Berdyaev, Russian philosopher (d. 1948)
  • Mar 20 Börries von Münchhausen, German poet (d. 1945)
  • Mar 22 Ellen Glasgow, novelist

Person of interestHarry Houdini

Mar 24 Harry Houdini [Erich Weiss], Famous magician and escape artist, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1926)

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Mar 24 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president of Italy (1948-55)
  • Mar 26 Oskar Nedbal, Czech composer, born in Tábor, Czech Republic (d. 1930)

Person of interestRobert Frost

Mar 26 Robert Frost, American poet (Mending Wall, Road Not Taken), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963)

  • Mar 29 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), born in Tripoli, Greece (d. 1960)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Ulysses S. Grant's daughter Nellie marries in the White House

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

Famous Deaths


Person of interestMillard Fillmore

Mar 8 Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (Whig: 1850-53), dies at 74

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • Mar 11 Charles Sumner, American politician, Senator Massachusetts (1851-74) and anti-slavery advocate, dies at 63
  • Mar 20 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (b. 1795)