On This Day

What Happened in March 1882

Historical Events


MurderAssassination Attempt

Mar 2 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • Mar 3 NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings
  • Mar 4 Britain's first electric trams run in East London.
  • Mar 6 Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
  • Mar 11 Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton, New Jersey

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Mar 11 Fridtjof Nansen sets out on a sea voyage to study Arctic zoology

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • Mar 16 U.S. Senate ratifies the Geneva Convention of 1864, legitimatizing the International Red Cross and the American Red Cross
  • Mar 18 Morgan Earp is assassinated by outlaws while playing billiards in Tombstone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Architect Antoni Gaudi
Architect
Antoni Gaudi
  • Mar 23 The Edmunds Act (Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act) is adopted by the US to suppress polygamy. 1300 men are later imprisoned under the act

InventionScientific Discovery

Mar 24 German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis ( Mycobacterium tuberculosis)

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Microbiologist
Robert Koch
  • Mar 24 44th Grand National: Lord Manners aboard 10/1 shot Seaman wins in heavy snow and freezing conditions
  • Mar 25 1st demonstration of pancake making, held at a department store in NYC
  • Mar 29 Knights of Columbus chartered for Catholic men

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Ida Moore, American actress (Mr Music, Ma & Pa Kettle at Waikiki), born in Altoona, Kansas (d. 1964)
  • Mar 2 Wallis Clark, British actress (Penny Serenade, Great Guy, Postal Inspector), born in Essex, England (d. 1961)
  • Mar 3 Floris H L Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp
  • Mar 3 Charles Ponzi [Carlo], Italian con-man (Ponzi scheme in the US), born in Lugo, Italy (d. 1949)
  • Mar 4 Nicolae Titulescu, Romanian diplomat, government minister, and former President of the League of Nations (d. 1941)
  • Mar 6 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Big Shot), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1956)
  • Mar 6 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (d. 1980)
  • Mar 6 Geoffrey Mander, English industrialist (Mander Brothers Ltd.), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 1962)
  • Mar 14 Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (Sierpinski triangle), born in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1969)
  • Mar 16 Jim Lightbody, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m, 1500m, 2590m Steeplechase 1904), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • Mar 18 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer
  • Mar 19 Gaston Lachaise, American sculptor (Standing Woman), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • Mar 20 RenĂ© Coty, Le Harve France, president of France (1953-58)
  • Mar 23 C Montague Shaw, Adelaide Australia
  • Mar 23 Emmy Noether, German mathematician (d. 1935)
  • Mar 25 Haydn Wood, English composer, born in Slaithwaite (d. 1959)
  • Mar 26 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Grenchen, Switzerland (d. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Melanie Klein, Austrian/British psycho analysis

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Louis Kufferath, German-Belgian composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 24 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (Song of Hiawatha), dies at 75