Historical Events in March 1877

Election of Interest

Mar 2 US Electoral Commission declares Rutherford B. Hayes (R) winner of the presidential election with an electoral vote of 185-184 against Samuel J. Tilden (D)

Music History

Mar 4 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" has its world premiere, performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow

  • Mar 4 Tchaikovski's incomplete ballet "Zwanenmeer" premieres in Moscow
  • Mar 5 Rutherford B. Hayes publicly inaugurated as 19th President of the United States
  • Mar 12 Great Britain annexes Walvis Bay at Cape colony, Southern Africa.
  • Mar 15 Australian batsman Charles Bannerman completes first Test century in cricket history in 1st Test v England in Melbourne; retires hurt on 165 the following day
  • Mar 15 Cricket's inaugural Test match commences as Australia plays England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground; Australia wins by 45 runs in 4 days
  • Mar 17 Australia's English born all-rounder Billy Midwinter completes Test cricket's first 5-wicket haul, 5-78 in the first ever Test match v England in Melbourne
  • Mar 19 Australia beat England by 45 runs in very first Test match
  • Mar 23 39th Grand National: Fred Hobson aboard 15/1 shot Austerlitz wins by 4 lengths from Congress
  • Mar 24 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Oxford University, 2–1 (a.e.t.); Wanderers' 4th title
  • Mar 24 University boat race between Oxford & Cambridge ends in a dead heat
  • Mar 31 British High Commissioner Sir Bartle Frere arrives in Capetown

Sports History

Mar 31 Test Cricket debut of feared Australian fast bowler Fred "The Demon" Spofforth; Australia loses 2nd Test by 4 wickets vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground

  • Mar 31 The family with samurai antecedents who responded to the Saigo army in Ōita Nakatsu rebels.