What Happened in March 1896

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Battle of Adwa: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians in Ethopia, killing two generals and capturing General Matteo Albertone

InventionScientific Discovery

Mar 1 Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • Mar 2 Best 9-wicket haul in cricket history; George Lohmann takes 9-28 as England beats South Africa by an innings and 197 runs in 2nd Test at Johannesburg
  • Mar 5 Italian premier Francesco Crispi resigns
  • Mar 5 Italian governor of Eritrea, General Baldissera, reaches Massawa
  • Mar 6 1st auto in Detroit, Charles B King rides his "Horseless Carriage"
  • Mar 7 Gilbert & Sullivan's last operette "Grand Duke" premieres in London
  • Mar 8 Volunteers of America forms (NYC)
  • Mar 10 Bronx acquires O'Brien Square
  • Mar 12 1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)
  • Mar 14 Sutro Baths in San Francisco opens by Cliff House (closed Sept 1, 1952)
  • Mar 16 Premiere of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen"
  • Mar 20 Marines land in Nicaragua to protect US citizens
  • Mar 20 Uprising in Matabeleland
  • Mar 22 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 at the Panhellenic Games
  • Mar 23 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chénier" premieres in Milan
  • Mar 23 The Raines Law is passed by the New York State Legislature, restricting Sunday sale of alcohol to hotels
  • Mar 27 58th Grand National: Former owner David Campbell wins aboard 40/1 outsider The Soarer
  • Mar 28 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chenier" premieres at La Scala, Milan with Giuseppe Borgatti singing the title role

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Athens Greece, conductor/composer
  • Mar 1 Moriz Seeler, German writer and producer (d. 1942)
  • Mar 4 Rhys Gemmell, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ships singles & doubles 1921), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1972)
  • Mar 7 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Mar 8 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), born in Renfrew, Ontario (d. 1975)
  • Mar 10 Harry Krimer, French actor ( Napoleon, Les vagabonds magnifiques, La course du flambeau), born in Paris, France (d. 1991)
  • Mar 10 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, born in London (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
  • Mar 13 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • Mar 20 Hal Walker, director (I Married Joan), born in Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Mar 20 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1962)
  • Mar 22 Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian actor (Cleopatra, Joseph Schildkraut Presents, Diary of Anne Frank), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • Mar 22 Giulia D De Albertis, writer
  • Mar 22 He Long, Chinese marshal (d. 1969)
  • Mar 24 Gianna Manzini, writer
  • Mar 26 Richard Flury, Swiss composer, born in Biberist, Switzerland (d. 1967)
  • Mar 26 Rudolf Dassler, German founder of sportswear company Puma, born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1974)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 24 Writer "Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad (39) marries Englishwoman Jessie George (23)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Giuseppe Arimondi, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies in the Battle of Adwa at 49
  • Mar 1 Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies in the Battle of Adwa at 53
  • Mar 22 Thomas Hughes, English politician and author (Tom Brown's School days), dies at 73
  • Mar 26 Nanny v Hof, writer, dies
  • Mar 28 E Rundle Charles, writer, dies
  • Mar 30 Charilaos Trikoupis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece for 7 times from 1875-1895), dies at 63