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, historian
  • Þórbergur Þórðarson, Icelandic author (d. 1974)

Famous Deaths

  • Yohannes IV, [Kasa], Emperor of Ethiopia (1872-89), dies in battle