On This Day

Historical Events in March 1869

  • Mar 1 US Postage stamps showing scenes issued for 1st time. These pictorials showed a post horse and rider, a locomotive, a shield, an eagle and a ship, the Adriatic.
  • Mar 3 University of South Carolina opens to all races
  • Mar 3 31st Grand National: George Stevens wins his 4th GN aboard 100/7 outsider The Colonel; repeats with back-to-back victories the following year

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 Ulysses S. Grant inaugurated as 18th US President

Historic Event

Mar 6 Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of the elements to the Russian Chemical Society

  • Mar 11 The West first learns of the Giant Panda via French missionary Armand David who receives a skin from a hunter
  • Mar 13 Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law
  • Mar 14 Defeat of Maori Ngāti Ruanui leader Riwha Titokowaru in Taranaki, New Zealand by British forces
  • Mar 15 With 10 salaried players, Cincinnati Red Stockings become baseball's first professional team

Historic Event

Mar 16 Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate