Historical Events in March 1845

Historic Event

Mar 1 US President John Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas

  • Mar 3 Florida becomes 27th state of the Union
  • Mar 3 For the first time the US Senate overrides presidential (Tyler) veto
  • Mar 3 US Congress authorizes ocean mail contracts for foreign mail delivery

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 James K. Polk inaugurated as 11th US President

  • Mar 5 7th Grand National: William Loft aboard outsider Cure-All wins in record time of 10 minutes, 47 seconds

Treaty of Waitangi

Mar 11 The Flagstaff War: In New Zealand, Chiefs Hone Heke and Kawiti lead 700 Māoris to chop down the British flagpole and drive settlers out of the British colonial settlement of Kororareka because of breaches of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.

  • Mar 14 -5.3°F (-20.7°C) in Groningen, Netherlands
  • Mar 17 Bristol man Henry Jones patents self-raising flour
  • Mar 17 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
  • Mar 26 Joseph Francis from NYC, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat
  • Mar 26 Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of band-aid
  • Mar 28 Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US