On This Day

Historical Events in March 1897

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 William McKinley inaugurated as 25th US President

  • Mar 5 American Negro Academy forms
  • Mar 9 Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Berlin)
  • Mar 9 MLB Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot
  • Mar 9 Cleveland Indians fans start calling the team "Indians" (in 1915 becomes official)
  • Mar 11 A meteorite enters the earth's atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris causes damage but no human injuries are reported.

Music Premiere

Mar 12 Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussels

  • Mar 13 San Diego State University is founded.
  • Mar 15 1st indoor fly casting tournament opens, at Madison Square Garden
  • Mar 17 British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs American champion 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett in the 14th round to win World Heavyweight title in Carson City, Nevada
  • Mar 20 1st US orthodox Jewish Rabbinical seminary (RIETS) incorporates in NY

Treaty of Interest

Mar 20 France signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia

  • Mar 26 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard 6/1 favourite Manifesto wins by 20 lengths from Filbert
  • Mar 29 Japan adopts Gold Standard