On This Day

Historical Events in March 1854

  • Mar 1 SS City of Glasgow leaves Liverpool harbour with approximately 480 passengers and crew; she was never seen again
  • Mar 1 German psychologist Friedrich Eduard Beneke disappears; two years later his remains are found in a canal near Charlottenburg.
  • Mar 1 16th Grand National: John Tasker wins aboard race favourite Bourton at 4/1
  • Mar 7 Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machine to stitch buttonholes

Historic Event

Mar 8 US Commodore Matthew C. Perry's second trip to Japan

  • Mar 17 1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Mar 20 Boston Public Library opens in Boston, Massachusetts as the first large free municipal library in the US [1]
  • Mar 28 Great Britain and France declare war on Russia, expanding the Crimean War
  • Mar 31 Treaty of Kanagawa: Commodore Perry forces Japan to opens ports to US