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Historical Events in March 1898

  • Mar 2 Chasing winning target of 275, Australian cricket batsman Joe Darling bashes 160 in 171 minutes with 30 fours to lead Australia to a 6-wicket 5th Test win over England in Sydney; complete 4-1 series rout
  • Mar 8 Richard Straus' "Don Quixote" premieres in Keulen

BeatificationBeatification

Mar 9 Peter of Tarantaise (Pope Innocent V) beatified as a saint in the Catholic Church by Pope Leo XIII 9 March 1898

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 John Philip Holland achieves successful test run for the first modern submarine off Staten Island, submerging for 1 hour 40 minutes

  • Mar 25 Intercollegiate Trapshooting Association formed in NYC
  • Mar 25 60th Grand National: John Gourley wins aboard 25/1 shot Drogheda
  • Mar 25 Swami Vivekananda initiates Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita) into vow of Brahmacharya, first western woman received into Indian monastic order

The Story of Writer O. Henry’s Short LifeThe Story of Writer O. Henry’s Short Life

Mar 25 Writer O. Henry sentenced to 5 years in prison for embezzling $854 from a bank reportedly to pay for his sick wife's medical bills. Goes on to write many classics while in jail including "Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking".

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The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in 2012 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Porter
The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in 2012 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Porter
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