- British high jump champion Marshall Jones Brooks clears 1.83m at Oxford, England for unofficial world record; thought to be first leap over 6'
- General Crook destroy Cheyennes & Oglala-Sioux Indian camps
- Frederic Ayers, American composer, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1926)
About March 17, 1876
Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 147 years, 2 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes
Star Sign: Pisces