On This Day

March 1851 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 3 Congress authorizes smallest US silver coin (3 cent piece)
  • Mar 7 Poll tax levied on Russo-Polish Jews entering Austrian Galicia ends
  • Mar 25 Yosemite Valley discovery made public by Major James D. Savage and Captain John Boling after being shown by Indian guides in California

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 3 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (d. 1911)
  • Mar 16 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (1st to coin the name virus), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • Mar 19 Roque Saenz Pena, President of Argentina (1910-14)
  • Mar 19 William Henry Stark, American business leader (d. 1936)
  • Mar 28 Bernardino Machado, President of Portugal (1915–17, 1925–26), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1944)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 4 James Richardson, British explorer (Sahara Desert), dies of an illness near Lake Chad at 41
  • Mar 11 George McDuffie, Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)