On This Day

What Happened in March 1884

Historical Events

  • Mar 8 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Piano Suite

Historic Event

Mar 8 Susan B. Anthony addresses U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, 16 years after legislators 1st introduced a federal women's suffrage amendment.

  • Mar 12 Mississippi establishes 1st US state college for women
  • Mar 13 Siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins by Mahdist forces, lasts 10 months
  • Mar 13 US adopts Standard Time
  • Mar 17 John Joseph Montgomery makes 1st glider flight at Otay, California
  • Mar 27 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
  • Mar 28 46th Grand National: Ted Wilson aboard 10/1 shot Voluptuary wins by 4 lengths from Frigate

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Léon Jongen, Belgian organist, composer, and academic, born in Liège (d. 1969)
  • Mar 4 Red Murray, American professional baseball player (d. 1958)

Molla Mallory

Mar 6 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, American-Norwegian tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1915-18, 20-22, 26), born in Mosvik, Norway (d. 1959)

  • Mar 10 Stuart Holmes, American actor (Life's Shop Window, Prisoner of Zenda), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • Mar 11 Jan Lemaire, Dutch writer and actor (Village by the River, Beautiful Juliet), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Mar 11 Lewi Pethrus, Swedish politician (d. 1974)
  • Mar 13 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Bluthochzeit), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • Mar 13 Hugh S. Walpole, British novelist and playwright (Jeremy, Maradick at 40), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1941)
  • Mar 13 Oskar Loerke, German writer (Longest Day-1926), born in Świecie, Poland (d. 1941)
  • Mar 14 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, born in Noordhorn, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • Mar 14 Wintter Watts, American classical music and art song composer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • Mar 15 Rudolf Piskacek, composer
  • Mar 16 Harrison Ford, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires, Vanity Fair, Love In High Gear), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • Mar 17 Alcide Nunez, American jazz clarinetist, born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (d. 1934)
  • Mar 18 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (d. 1968)
  • Mar 21 George D Birkhoff, American mathematician (Aesthetic measure)
  • Mar 23 Glauco Velasquez, Brazilian pianist and composer (Brutto Signo), born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1914)
  • Mar 24 Gino Marinuzzi, Sr., Italian opera conductor (Wagner; Puccini), and composer (Symphony in A), born in Palermo, Sicily, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1945)
  • Mar 24 Peter Debye, Holland, physical chemist (Nobel 1936)
  • Mar 25 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (d. 1950)
  • Mar 26 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein Competition winner, 1905), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1969)
  • Mar 31 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (d. 1946)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Isaac Todhunter, English mathematician, dies at 63
  • Mar 13 Leland Stanford, Jr., son of American railroad magnate, Stanford University named for him (b. 1868)
  • Mar 14 Quintino Sella, Italian statesman (b. 1827)
  • Mar 19 Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 21 Ezra Abbot, American bible scholar, dies at 64
  • Mar 30 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 31 Jan T Beelen, Neth/Belgian catholic bible expert, dies at 77