On This Day

What Happened in March 1892

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 1st cattle tuberculosis test in US made, Villa Nova, Penn
  • Mar 11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • Mar 15 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)
  • Mar 15 New York State unveils automatic ballot booth (voting machine)
  • Mar 18 Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
  • Mar 19 3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket England v South Africa (Cape Town)
  • Mar 20 54th Grand National: Capt. Roddy Owen wins aboard 20/1 chance Father O'Flynn

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Japan, writer (Rashomon in Kappa)
  • Mar 2 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), born in Eydtkuhnen, East Prussia, Germany (d. 1949)
  • Mar 3 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), born in San Jose, California (d. 1971)
  • Mar 3 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, born in Alcacer do Sal (d. 1986)
  • Mar 8 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian party leader and Prime Minister (1952-53), born in Ada, Serbia (d. 1971)
  • Mar 9 David Garnett, English novelist and editor (Lady into Fox), born in Brighton, East Sussex (d. 1981)
  • Mar 9 Frank Puglia, Italian actor (Black Orchid, Jungle Book), born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1975)
  • Mar 9 Josef Weinheber, Austrian poet and writer (Adel und Untergang), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1945)
  • Mar 9 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst), born in Knole House, Kent (d. 1962)
  • Mar 10 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1955)
  • Mar 10 Eva Turner, British soprano
  • Mar 10 Gregory La Cava, American director (d. 1952)
  • Mar 11 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II)
  • Mar 13 Alec Rowley, English composer, born in London (d. 1958)
  • Mar 13 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1978)
  • Mar 14 Olive Netta Parsons, co-founder (Collet's Bookshop)
  • Mar 15 James Basevi Ord, US army officer (d. 1938)
  • Mar 16 Caesar Vallejo, Peruvian/French poet (Los Heraldos Negros)
  • Mar 16 James Petrillo, leader of the U.S. musicians union (d. 1984)
  • Mar 17 Sayed Darwish, composer
  • Mar 17 Benjamin Drake Van Wissen, Australian Engineer (d. 1984)
  • Mar 18 Robert P Tristram Coffin, poet/reporter (WWII)
  • Mar 19 Robert Denzler, composer
  • Mar 19 Siegfried T Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica)
  • Mar 19 James Van Fleet, American general (d. 1992)
  • Mar 25 Andy Clyde, Scottish actor (The Real McCoys, Lassie), born in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland (d. 1967)
  • Mar 27 Ferde Grofé, American composer, born in New York (d. 1972)
  • Mar 27 Thorne Smith, American sci-fi author (Topper, Rain in the Doorway, Stray Lamb), born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1934)
  • Mar 28 Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist (Nobel 1938), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • Mar 28 Tom Maguire, Irish republican (d. 1993)
  • Mar 29 Jozsef Mindszenty József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, born in Csehimindszent, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • Mar 30 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian
  • Mar 30 Fortunato Depero, Italian artist (d. 1960)
  • Mar 30 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (d. 1972)
  • Mar 31 Stanislav Wladyslaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major/commandant

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Archibald Scott, Scottish chemist, dies at 60
  • Mar 10 Otto van Raised, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1884-88), dies at 69
  • Mar 16 Samuel F. Miller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 64
  • Mar 20 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer, dies at 41
  • Mar 26 Anton Wallerstein, German composer, dies at 78

Person of interestWalt Whitman

Mar 26 Walt Whitman, American poet (Leaves of Grass) and volunteer nurse during the Civil War, dies pneumonia at 72

Poet and Nurse Walt Whitman
Poet and Nurse
Walt Whitman
  • Mar 29 William Bowman, English anatomist, dies at 75
  • Mar 31 Adolf Rzepko, Polish composer, dies at 66