On This Day

Historical Events in March 1850

  • Mar 5 The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened
  • Mar 11 Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania opens, 2nd female medical school in the US
  • Mar 12 1st US $20 gold piece issued

Historic Publication

Mar 16 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston

  • Mar 18 Henry Wells & William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo
  • Mar 29 SS Royal Adelaide sinks in storm; 200 die
  • Mar 31 US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%))