On This Day

What Happened in March 1880

Historical Events

  • Mar 4 NY Daily Graphic publishes 1st half-tone engraving, by S. H. Horgan
  • Mar 19 42nd Grand National: Tommy Beasley aboard Irish 8/1 chance Empress wins by 2 lengths from defending champion The Liberator
  • Mar 23 Flour rolling mill patented (John Stevens of Wisconsin)
  • Mar 24 Tobacco Growers' Mutual Insurance Company incorporates in CT
  • Mar 31 1st town to claim to be completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, Indiana)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Julian Myrick, American tennis promoter (West Side Tennis Club & Forest Hills Stadium), born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina (d. 1969)
  • Mar 1 Lytton Strachey, English biographer and critic (Benson Medal 1923), born in London, England
  • Mar 3 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic
  • Mar 3 Florence Auer, American actress (Eradicating Aunty), born in Albany, New York (d. 1962)
  • Mar 4 Channing Pollock, American playwright and critic (d. 1946)
  • Mar 10 Michael Jacobs, American boxing promoter, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 11 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenecist (d. 1943)
  • Mar 12 House Peters, British silent film actor (This Is the Life, Kansas Territory), born in Bristol, England (d. 1967)
  • Mar 12 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (d. 1958)
  • Mar 12 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (d. 1952)
  • Mar 14 Oscar [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor and director (Pink Kate), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • Mar 17 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, Colombian composer, born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 1971)
  • Mar 17 Sir Patrick Hastings, British barrister (d. 1952)
  • Mar 17 Lawrence Oates, English army officer and Antarctic explorer (d. 1912)
  • Mar 21 Hans Hofmann, German/American painter (Search for the Real)
  • Mar 21 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist
  • Mar 21 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • Mar 22 Ernie Quigley, Canadian Basketball HOF official (St. Mary's College, Kansas Uni), basketball umpire (1936 Olympics), MLB umpire (6xWorld Series) & football referee, born in Newcastle, New Brunswick (d. 1960)
  • Mar 23 Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (d. 1922)
  • Mar 26 Duncan Hines, American restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky (d. 1959)
  • Mar 30 Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (Juno and the Paycock), born in Dublin (d. 1964)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
  • Mar 15 Johan Karel Jakob De Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 51
  • Mar 23 Gustav Adolf Mankell, Moravian-Swedish organist and composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 25 Joseph Rummel, German composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Ludmilla Assing, German writer, dies at 59
  • Mar 26 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 28 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 29 Jacob Axel Josephson, Swedish composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 31 Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer (Souv de Moscou), dies at 44