On This Day

Historical Events in March 1859

  • Mar 1 Present seal of San Francisco adopted (its 2nd)
  • Mar 2 21st Grand National: Chris Green aboard 7/1 Half Caste wins by only a short neck from Jean Du Quesne
  • Mar 18 Vera Cruz besieged by Miramon (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
  • Mar 19 Opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premieres in Paris
  • Mar 21 Scottish National Gallery opens in Edinburgh
  • Mar 21 Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in US, incorporated
  • Mar 26 1st supposed sighting of Vulcan, a planet thought to orbit inside Mercury; it doesn't exist

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 28 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms