What Happened in March 1891

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 The Penalty Spot Kick rule in Association Football is conceived, but does not come into effect until the next season.
  • Mar 3 US Congress creates Courts of Appeal
  • Mar 3 US Congress creates Office of Superintendent of Immigration (Treasury Dept)
  • Mar 3 US Congress establishes the Office of Immigration

Great Blizzard of 1891

Mar 9 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins in England and lasts until March 13; Kills 200 people and 6,000 animals

  • Mar 10 Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching
  • Mar 17 British Steamer "Utopia" sinks off Gibraltar killing 574
  • Mar 18 Britain is linked to the continent by Telephone
  • Mar 20 53rd Grand National: Irish jockey, trainer Harry Beasley wins aboard 4/1 Come Away
  • Mar 28 1st world weightlifting championship won by Edward Lawrence in London, England

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Federico Moreno Torroba, Spanish composer (Luisa Fernanda), conductor, and music promoter, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1982)
  • Mar 3 Jan Donner, Dutch minister of Justice/president High Council
  • Mar 4 Dazzy Vance, American Baseball HOF pitcher (7 x NL strike-out leader; World Series 1934 St Louis Cardinals; NL MVP & Triple Crown 1924 Brooklyn Robins), born in Orient, Iowa (d. 1961)
  • Mar 4 Lois Wilson, American actress and co-founder of Al-Anon, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • Mar 5 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 6 Victor Kilian, actor (Gentleman's Agreement), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Marcel Barger [Meyer Streliskie], Dutch cabaret performer (I keep Susy) (died in Auschwitz 1942)

José P. LaurelJosé P. Laurel (1891-1959)

Mar 9 3rd President of the Philippines (1942-44), born in Tanauan, Batangas

  • Mar 10 Jacob van Gelderen, Dutch economist/sociologist and politician (SDAP)
  • Mar 10 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Gunga Din, Dr Zorba), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 12 George W. Mason, American industrialist (d. 1954)
  • Mar 12 Michael Polany, Hungarian/English chemist/economist/sociologist
  • Mar 14 John Strijbos, Dutch writer (Wandering through South-Africa)

Earl WarrenEarl Warren (1891-1974)

Mar 19 Governor of California and 14th US Supreme Court Chief Justice (1953-69), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Mar 21 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-American, actor (Blondie films; The Saint films), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1960)
  • Mar 23 Catherine Murphy Urner, American singer and composer, born in Mitchell, Indiana (d. 1942)
  • Mar 24 Annie "Charley" Toorop, Dutch painter (3 Generations)
  • Mar 24 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)
  • Mar 24 Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
  • Mar 28 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author
  • Mar 28 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), born in Hatten, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Mar 29 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz), born in Neutitschein, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • Mar 29 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), born in Saint-Dié (d. 1950)
  • Mar 30 Jan B. Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov)
  • Mar 31 Andy Varipapa, American ten-pin bowler (BPAA All-Star champion 1947-48), born in Carfizzi, Italy (d. 1984)
  • Mar 31 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer
  • Mar 31 Ion Pillat, Romaniams poet/senator (Umbra timpului)
  • Mar 31 Victor Varconi, Hungarian actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings, Big City)

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 21 A Hatfield marries a McCoy, ends long feud in West Virginia it started with an accusation of pig-stealing & lasted 20 years

Bonar Law

Mar 24 56th UK Prime Minister Bonar Law (32) weds Annie Robley at West Free Church in Helensburgh, Scotland


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 15 Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (b. 1819)
  • Mar 15 Théodore de Banville, French writer, dies at 67
  • Mar 17 Napoléon JKP Bonaparte, French prince and member of National Convention, dies at 68

Joseph E. JohnstonJoseph E. Johnston (1807-1891)

Mar 21 American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), dies at 84

  • Mar 24 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and 3rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies

Georges SeuratGeorges Seurat (1859-1891)

Mar 29 French post-impressionist painter (Pointillism), dies at 31