On This Day

Historical Events in March 1882

MurderAssassination Attempt

Mar 2 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • Mar 3 NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings
  • Mar 4 Britain's first electric trams run in East London.
  • Mar 6 Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
  • Mar 11 Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton, New Jersey

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Mar 11 Fridtjof Nansen sets out on a sea voyage to study Arctic zoology

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • Mar 16 U.S. Senate ratifies the Geneva Convention of 1864, legitimatizing the International Red Cross and the American Red Cross
  • Mar 18 Morgan Earp is assassinated by outlaws while playing billiards in Tombstone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Architect Antoni Gaudi
Architect
Antoni Gaudi
  • Mar 23 The Edmunds Act (Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act) is adopted by the US to suppress polygamy. 1300 men are later imprisoned under the act

InventionScientific Discovery

Mar 24 German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis ( Mycobacterium tuberculosis)

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Microbiologist
Robert Koch
  • Mar 24 44th Grand National: Lord Manners aboard 10/1 shot Seaman wins in heavy snow and freezing conditions
  • Mar 25 1st demonstration of pancake making, held at a department store in NYC
  • Mar 29 Knights of Columbus chartered for Catholic men