On This Day

What Happened in March 1887

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton Iowa

Historic Event

Mar 3 Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

  • Mar 7 North Carolina State University is founded by the North Carolina General Assembly.
  • Mar 8 Everett Horton, CT, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes
  • Mar 15 1st salaried fish & game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan)
  • Mar 24 Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey)
  • Mar 25 49th Grand National: Bill Daniels aboard 20/1 chance Gamecock wins by 3 lengths from Savoyard

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 4 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress (The Magic Cloak), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • Mar 5 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 6 Henri Gagnon, Canadian organist (Notre-Dame Basilica (Quebec), 1915-1961), composer (Rondel de Thibaut de Champagne), and music educator, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1961)
  • Mar 7 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, born in Tartu, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 1970)
  • Mar 9 Phil Mead, English cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI), born in Battersea, Surrey (d. 1958)
  • Mar 9 Fritz Lenz, German geneticist, born in Redło, Goleniów County, Poland (d. 1976)
  • Mar 10 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese martial artist and Grandmaster of Ninjutsu (d. 1972)
  • Mar 11 Raoul Walsh, American film director (Thief of Baghdad, Battle Cry), (d. 1980)
  • Mar 13 Carlos Isamitt, Chilean composer, born in Rengo, Chile (d. 1974)
  • Mar 14 George Creten, Belgian sculptor and painter, born in Saint-Gilles, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Mar 14 Lawrance Collingwood, British composer, and opera conductor, born in London, England (d. 1982)
  • Mar 14 Sylvia Beach, American publisher and bookseller (Shakespeare and Company), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1962)
  • Mar 15 Marjorie Merriweather Post, American socialite and businesswoman (d. 1973)
  • Mar 17 Ben Sajet, Dutch physician/politician
  • Mar 18 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Mar 21 Edwin Scharff, German "entartet" painter/sculptor
  • Mar 22 Chico Marx [Leonard Marx], American comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • Mar 23 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn catalog), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d, 1983)
  • Mar 23 Felix Yussupov, Russian aristocrat, best known for participating in the assassination of Grigori Rasputin, born in Moika Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1967)
  • Mar 23 Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter (Still Life Before an Open Window)
  • Mar 23 Sidney Hillman, Lithuanian-American union leader (Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union; Congress of Industrial Organizations), born in Žagarė, Russian Empire (now Lithuania) (d. 1946)
  • Mar 24 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), born in Smith Center, Kansas (d. 1933)
  • Mar 28 Rudolf Frederik Willem Boskaljon, musician and composer, born in Curacao, Portugal (d. 1969)
  • Mar 30 Albert P Termote, Flemish/Dutch sculptor (Charles the Great)
  • Mar 31 Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 August W. Eichler, German botanist (developed a new system of classification of plants to reflect the concept of evolution), dies at 47
  • Mar 2 Wilhelm Troszel, Polish operatic bass, composer, and voice teacher, dies at 63
  • Mar 8 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73 (b. 1813)
  • Mar 8 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
  • Mar 8 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer and inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis), dies at 66
  • Mar 16 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 24 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic, dies at 49
  • Mar 28 Ditler G Monrad, Danish bishop/premier (1863-..), dies at 75