Historical Events in March 1885

  • Mar 3 1st US state (California) establishes a permanent forest commission
  • Mar 3 American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) incorporates
  • Mar 3 US Congress passes Indian Appropriations Act (Indians wards of federal government)
  • Mar 3 US Post Office offers special delivery for 1st-class mail

Historic Event

Mar 4 Grover Cleveland inaugrated as 1st US Democratic President since Civil War

  • Mar 14 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre
  • Mar 15 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Lesson Djinns"

Historic Event

Mar 19 Louis Riel returns to Canada, proclaims provisional government, Sask

  • Mar 20 Jan Ernst Matzeliger received patent number 274,207 for his lasting machine which creates wood or stone molds of customers' feet
  • Mar 20 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Goldfaden operetta
  • Mar 21 2nd French government of Ferry resigns
  • Mar 26 1st modern, legal cremation held in England at Woking, Surrey [1]
  • Mar 26 Eastman Film Co manufactures 1st commercial motion picture film
  • Mar 26 Louis Riel's forces defeat Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Sask
  • Mar 27 47th Grand National: Jockey Ted Wilson wins his second consecutive GN aboard 10/3 favourite Roquefort
  • Mar 30 The Battle for Kushka triggers the Pandjeh Incident which nearly gives rise to war between the British Empire and Russian Empire
  • Mar 31 Great Britain declares Bechuanaland a protectorate