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March 1836 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico in Columbia

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 Samuel Colt manufactures first pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt

Battle of InterestBattle of the Alamo

Mar 6 Battle of the Alamo: After 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelm the Texan defenders, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett

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The Fall of the Alamo by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk shows folk hero Davy Crockett shortly before being killed by Mexican soldiers
The Fall of the Alamo by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk shows folk hero Davy Crockett shortly before being killed by Mexican soldiers
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  • Mar 16 Constitution of the Republic of Texas approved, legalises slavery
  • Mar 27 1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland, Ohio)

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)
  • Mar 5 Charles Goodnight, American cattle rancher (d. 1929)
  • Mar 8 Matthew Calbraith Butler, American Major General (Confederate Army) and politician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1909)
  • Mar 16 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor of the cable car, born in London (d. 1900)
  • Mar 20 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American military officer and politician (US Representative from New York 1881-83), born in Delhi, New York (d. 1886)
  • Mar 20 Sir Edward Poynter, British painter (d. 1919)
  • Mar 28 Frederick Pabst, German-American brewer (Pabst Brewing Company), born in Mönchpfiffel-Nikolausrieth, Germany (d. 1904)
  • Mar 30 Karl Freiherr von Stumm-Halberg, German industrialist/politician

Deaths in History


Person of interestDavy Crockett

Mar 6 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, adventurer and politician, killed at the Battle of the Alamo at 49

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett
  • Mar 6 James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • Mar 6 James "Jim" Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), dies during Battle of Alamo at 39
  • Mar 9 Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French Enlightenment philosopher, dies at 81
  • Mar 27 James Fannin, Texas revolutionary (b. 1804)