On This Day

What Happened in March 1888

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 The Convention of Constantinople signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace
  • Mar 10 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Psyche"

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 10 Heavyweight Boxing champ John L. Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds

Heavyweight Boxing Champion John L. Sullivan
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
John L. Sullivan
  • Mar 11 Great blizzard of '88 strikes northeastern USA
  • Mar 12 2nd day of the Great blizzard of '88 in north east US (400 die)
  • Mar 13 Great Blizzard of 1888 rages across the east coast of the USA and Canada
  • Mar 14 Second largest snowfall in NYC history (21")
  • Mar 20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • Mar 21 Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender" premieres in London
  • Mar 22 English Football League established
  • Mar 23 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard 40/1 outsider Playfair easily wins by 10 lengths from Frigate
  • Mar 25 Socialist leader Domela Nieuwenhuis elected to Dutch 2nd chamber

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Ewart Astill, England cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, Leicestershire), born in Ratby, Leicestershire, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 4 Knute Rockne, American College Football Hall of Fame receiver, coach, (Notre Dame, 13 National titles), born in Voss, Norway (d. 1931)
  • Mar 4 Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-born American actress (Grand Hotel, The Devil-Doll), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1942)
  • Mar 4 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • Mar 5 Friedrich Schnack, German journalist/writer (Rosewood)
  • Mar 7 Alidius WLT van Starkenborch Stachouwer, gov of Neth Indies (1936-45)
  • Mar 7 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • Mar 8 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), born in Somersworth, New Hampshire (d. 1985)
  • Mar 10 Barry Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Academy Award, Going My Way), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1961)
  • Mar 10 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, born in Siverić (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • Mar 12 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1965)
  • Mar 14 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 17 Frank Buck, American actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs), born in Gainesville, Texas (d. 1950)
  • Mar 17 Paul Ramadier, French politician (d. 1961)
  • Mar 18 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor
  • Mar 19 Josef Albers, German/US graphic artist/painter/writer (Bauhaus)
  • Mar 19 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (d. 1969)
  • Mar 20 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, born in Gut Blumbergshof, Latvia (d. 1974)
  • Mar 24 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), born in London, England (d. 1939)
  • Mar 24 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (d. 1922)
  • Mar 26 Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse who helped POWs in Siberia, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (d. 1948)
  • Mar 27 Agnes Windeck, German actress (A Time to Love and a Time to Die), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • Mar 28 Jack Burke Sr., American golfer (US open 1920 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 1941), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • Mar 29 A. M. de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak), born in Nieuw-Vossemeer, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • Mar 29 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), born in Candelaria, Nevada (d. 1983)
  • Mar 30 Anna Q Nilsson, Swedish actress (Shenandoah, Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden (d. 1974)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Amos Bronson Alcott, US theory/poet (Table Talk), dies at 88

Person of interestLouisa May Alcott

Mar 6 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), dies of a stroke at 55

  • Mar 9 William I, King of Prussia (1861-71) 1st German Emperor (1871-88), dies at 90
  • Mar 10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 12 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman, dies at 86
  • Mar 24 Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
  • Mar 26 Barghash bin Said, second Sultan of Zanzibar (b. 1837)
  • Mar 29 Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer, dies at 74