On This Day

What Happened on March 12, 1889

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Battle at Metema (Gallabad): Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes IV, defeated
  • Start of South Africa's 1st Test, v England, Port Elizabeth

Famous Birthdays

  • Philip Guedalla, English barrister & historian
  • Þórbergur Þórðarson, Icelandic author (d. 1974)

Famous Deaths

  • John Archibald Campbell, American jurist and Supreme Court justice (1853–61), dies at 77