On This Day

What Happened in March 1894

Historical Events

  • Mar 3 "NY Atlantis" 1st Greek-language publication in US begins
  • Mar 3 4th & last British government of Gladstone resigns
  • Mar 4 Great fire in Shanghai; over 1,000 buildings destroyed
  • Mar 5 Seattle authorizes 1st municipal employment office in US

Historic Event

Mar 5 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, becomes First Lord of the Treasury (the official title of the UK Prime Minister)

  • Mar 8 The state of New York enacts the nation's first dog-licensing law
  • Mar 12 Pittsburgh issues free season tickets for ladies on Tuesday & Friday

Coca-Cola Sold in Bottles

Mar 12 Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi

  • Mar 13 J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate

Music Premiere

Mar 16 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris, includes piece “Méditation” for violin and orchestra

  • Mar 17 US & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering US
  • Mar 22 Stanley Cup, Victoria Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Hockey Club defeats Ottawa HC, 3-1 to win 3-team challenge tournament
  • Mar 24 37 miners killed at Franklin, Washington
  • Mar 25 Coxey's Army of the unemployed sets out from Massillon, Ohio, for Washington, D.C.

Theater Premiere

Mar 30 George Bernard Shaw's comedy play "Candida" premieres at Theatre Royal, South Shields, England

  • Mar 30 56th Grand National: Jockey Arthur Nightingall wins his second GN aboard 5/1 joint favourite Why Not

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), born in Lierre, Belgium (d. 1969)
  • Mar 5 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), born in London, England (d. 1963)
  • Mar 9 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, born in Vienna (d. 1976)
  • Mar 14 Josef Schelb, German composer, born in Bad Krozingen, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Mar 14 Osa Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • Mar 15 Slava Vorlova, composer
  • Mar 17 Paul Green, American novelist/playwright (In Abraham's Bosom)
  • Mar 19 Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Brevard SC, comedienne (Merv Griffin Show)
  • Mar 22 Surya Sen "Master Da", Indian activist for independence (Chittagong armoury raid), born in Chittagong, British India (d. 1934)
  • Mar 25 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, Swedish American composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1962)
  • Mar 26 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1962)
  • Mar 26 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian operatic soprano, the favorite of Richard Strauss, born in Czernowitz, Duchy of Bukovina, Austrian Empire (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine) (d. 1985)
  • Mar 27 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • Mar 30 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), dies at 36
  • Mar 11 John Selby, England Test cricket batsman (6 Tests), dies of paralytic stroke at 44
  • Mar 12 Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (b. 1840)
  • Mar 20 Lajos Kossuth, Governor-President of Hungary (1849), dies at 91
  • Mar 21 Jacob Rosenhaim, Jewish-German composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 24 Robert Prescott Stewart, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 26 Alfred H. Colquitt, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69
  • Mar 27 Verney Lovett Cameron, English explorer (Tanganyika), dies at 49