What Happened in March 1886

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 The Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore is founded by Bishop William Oldham.
  • Mar 6 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • Mar 6 1st US nurses' magazine, The Nightingale, 1st appears, NYC
  • Mar 17 Carrollton Massacre (Mississippi) 20 African Americans killed
  • Mar 20 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation in Massachusetts
  • Mar 26 1st cremation in England
  • Mar 26 48th Grand National: Tommy Skelton aboard Old Joe wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Oskar Kokoschka, Russia/Austrian/British, painter (Erasmus Prize 1960)
  • Mar 2 Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
  • Mar 3 James Friskin, composer
  • Mar 3 R O Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer and music teacher, born in York, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 3 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (d. 1968)
  • Mar 4 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • Mar 5 Paul Radmilovic, England, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1908)
  • Mar 5 Dong Biwu, High-ranking member of the Communist Party of China (d. 1975)
  • Mar 7 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 1974)
  • Mar 8 Anton Portielje, Dutch radio host and zoo director (Artis), born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • Mar 8 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, isolated cortisone (Nobel 1950), born in South Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • Mar 13 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • Mar 13 Home Run Baker [John Franklin Baker], American baseball player, hall of famer (hit 2 HR in 1911 world series), born in Trappe, Maryland (d. 1963)
  • Mar 14 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), born in Florennes, Namur, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • Mar 17 Princess Patricia of Connaught, British princess (d. 1974)
  • Mar 18 Edward Everett Horton, American actor and narrator (Bulwinkle Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • Mar 18 Kurt Koffka, German Gestalt psychologist
  • Mar 18 Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, Dutch author (Between Heaven & Earth)
  • Mar 24 Athenagoras I, Greek Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • Mar 24 Edward Weston, American photographer (d. 1958)
  • Mar 25 Athenagoras, Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • Mar 26 Hugh Mulzac, America military officer (d. 1971)
  • Mar 27 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect (November Group), born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1969)
  • Mar 27 Sergey Kirov, Russian bolshevik leader, born in Urzhum, Russia (d. 1934)
  • Mar 28 Jaroslav Novotny, Czech composer, born in Jičín, Austria-Hungary (d. 1918)
  • Mar 29 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, born in Vadstena, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • Mar 30 Stanislaw Lesniewski, Polish logician/mathematician

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 18 Leopold Zunz, German intellect (Synagogue Poetry), dies at 91
  • Mar 29 John Keble, Anglican priest and founder (Oxford Movement), dies at 73
  • Mar 30 Joseph-Alfred Mousseau, French Canadian politician (b. 1838)
  • Mar 31 Giovanni Rossi, composer, dies at 57