Historical Events in March 1849

  • Mar 3 Gold Coinage Act authorizes $20 Double Eagle gold coin
  • Mar 3 Territory of Minnesota organizes
  • Mar 3 US Home Department (later renamed the Department of the Interior) established by Congress
  • Mar 4 US possibly had no president, Polk's term ends on a Sunday, Taylor couldn't be sworn-in, Senator David Atchison (pres pro tem) may technically have assumed the office

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 Zachary Taylor sworn in as 12th US President

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor
  • Mar 9 Carl Nikolais opera "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" premieres

InventionHistoric Invention

Mar 10 Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent (only US President to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • Mar 12 1st gold seekers arrive in Nicaragua en route to California
  • Mar 23 Battle of Novara (King Charles Albert vs Italian republic)
  • Mar 27 Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill
  • Mar 29 Great Britain formally annexs Punjab after defeat of Sikhs in India
  • Mar 31 Colonel John W Geary arrives as 1st postmaster of San Francisco