On This Day

Historical Events in March 1857

  • Mar 3 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China
  • Mar 4 19th Grand National: Charlie Boyce wins aboard Emigrant at 10/1
  • Mar 7 Baseball decides 9 innings constitutes an official game, not 9 runs
  • Mar 8 British seismologist John Milne is hired by the Japanese government as a foreign adviser (oyatoi gaikokujin)

Music Premiere

Mar 12 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice

Historic Event

Mar 23 Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City

  • Mar 25 Frederick Laggenheim takes 1st photo of a solar eclipse
  • Mar 25 Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville receives a patent for his phonautograph, a device which created visual images of sound