On This Day

What Happened in March 1899

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 President McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier National Park (5th in US)
  • Mar 3 US Congress authorizes Lafayette silver dollar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 George Dewey becomes 1st in US to hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • Mar 4 Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 m wave that reaches up to 5 km inland - over 300 dead.
  • Mar 5 1st performance of Edward MacDowell's 2nd Concerto in D
  • Mar 6 "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Shamrocks beat Queens University, 6-2 to clinch trophy for CAHL

InventionHistoric Invention

Mar 14 German Ferdinand von Zeppelin receives a US patent for a "Navigable Balloon"

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • Mar 17 Windsor luxury hotel in NYC catches fire, 92 die
  • Mar 18 Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by William Pickering
  • Mar 21 British & French accord over West Africa
  • Mar 24 61st Grand National: George Williamson aboard 1897 winner Manifesto wins by 4 lengths from Ford Of Fyne

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (d. 1972)
  • Mar 2 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame
  • Mar 3 Alfred M Gruenther, American commanding general (NATO, 1953-56)
  • Mar 3 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, born in Jelisawetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • Mar 4 Emilio Prados, Spanish poet and editor (d. 1962)
  • Mar 5 Patrick Hadley, composer
  • Mar 6 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • Mar 8 Eric Linklater, British novelist and poet (Blue Swallows), born in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1974)
  • Mar 8 Elmer Keith, American firearms enthusiast and author (Guns & Ammo), born in Missouri (d. 1984)
  • Mar 10 Finn Hoffding, composer
  • Mar 10 Robert Meier, German WW1 veteran, formerly Germany's oldest man. (d. 2007)
  • Mar 11 Frederick IX, [Christian FFMKWG], King of Denmark (1947-72)
  • Mar 13 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1978)
  • Mar 13 Jan Lechoń [Leszek Józef Serafinowicz], Polish poet, born in Warsaw, Congress Poland (d. 1956)
  • Mar 13 John Van Vleck, American physicist, mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1980)
  • Mar 14 K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (d. 1992)
  • Mar 23 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Mar 25 Bella Spewack, Hungarian playwright (Kiss Me Kate)
  • Mar 25 Jacques Audiberti, French poet (Race of Men)
  • Mar 25 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (d. 1978)
  • Mar 26 James B Connant, chemist/college president (Yale)
  • Mar 26 William Baines, composer

Person of interestGloria Swanson

Mar 27 Gloria Swanson, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly) and producer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • Mar 28 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Mormon Church, born in Clifton, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • Mar 28 August A. "Gussie" Busch, Jr., American brewing magnate and American baseball executive, born in St Louis (d. 1989)
  • Mar 28 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, born in Mitchellville, Iowa (d. 1977)

Person of interestLavrentiy Beria

Mar 29 Lavrentiy Beria, Soviet politician and head of the NKVD secret service, born in Merkheuli, Russian Empire (d. 1953)

Head of the Soviet Secret Police Lavrentiy Beria
Head of the Soviet Secret Police
Lavrentiy Beria
  • Mar 30 Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, well known Bengali writer (d. 1970)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Gyorgy earl Apponyi, Hungarian MP, dies at 90
  • Mar 3 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (b. 1827)
  • Mar 6 Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)
  • Mar 14 Emile Erckmann, French writer (Waterloo), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Joseph Medill, mayor of Chicago (b. 1823)
  • Mar 18 Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Svetolik Ranković, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • Mar 20 Martha M Place, American murderer who becomes 1st woman to be executed in an electric chair, dies at 49
  • Mar 20 Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 24 Billy Barnes, English cricketer (725 runs in 21 Tests for England), dies at 46