On This Day

March 1806 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 29 Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway

Birthdays in History


Person of interestElizabeth Barrett Browning

Mar 6 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet ("Sonnets from the Portuguese"), born in Kelloe, Durham (d. 1861)

  • Mar 12 Jane Appleton Pierce, American 1st lady (1853-57) and wife of Franklin Pierce, born in Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1863)
  • Mar 17 Norbert Rillieux, American chemical engineer and inventor (sugar refiner), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1894)
  • Mar 21 Benito Pablo Juarez, president of Mexico (1858-72), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Mar 28 Ludolph Anne Jan Wilt Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1861-66), born in Voorst, Batavian Republic (d. 1890)
  • Mar 28 Thomas Hare, English barrister and political reformer, born in England (d. 1891)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 3 Heinrich Christian Boie, German author and editor, dies at 61
  • Mar 17 David Dale, industrialist & philanthropist, dies