On This Day

March 1839 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 9 Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours
  • Mar 23 1st recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] (Boston's Morning Post)
  • Mar 26 1st Henley Royal Regatta on the river Thames, England

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 3 Jamsetji Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1904)
  • Mar 8 James Mason Crafts, American chemist (Friedel-Crafts alkylation synthesis), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1917)
  • Mar 8 Josephine Cochrane, American inventor (automatic dishwasher), born in Ashtabula County, Ohio (d. 1913)
  • Mar 9 Felix Huston Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas (d. 1928)
  • Mar 16 René F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, French poet, 1st Nobel winner (1901)
  • Mar 18 Francis Fessenden, American lawyer, politician, and Major General (Union Army), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1906)
  • Mar 25 William Bell Wait, American educator of the blind (NY Point system), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 1916)
  • Mar 27 John Ballance, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party, born in Glenavy, Ireland (d. 1893)
  • Mar 31 Nikolay Przhevalsky, naturalist, explorer of east central Asia (OS)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 29 Bernardus Johannes Dibbets, Dutch baron and general-major (Maastricht), dies at 56