On This Day

March 1860 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 5 Parma, Tuscany, Modena and Romagna vote in referendums to join the Kingdom of Sardinia
  • Mar 9 1st Japanese ambassador arrives in San Francisco en route to Washington
  • Mar 12 Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists
  • Mar 21 US extradition treaty with Sweden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 English novelist George Eliot finishes her novel "The Mill on the Floss" in Wandsworth, London

Writer George Eliot
Writer
George Eliot
  • Mar 24 Clipper Andrew Jackson arrives in San Francisco, 89 days out of New York
  • Mar 27 M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew)
  • Mar 28 First Taranaki War: The Battle of Waireka begins (New Zealand).
  • Mar 29 Dion Boucicault's "Colleen Bawn" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 2 Susanna M. Salter, 1st American female mayor and temperance leader (d. 1961)
  • Mar 11 Thomas Hastings, American architect (NY Public Library), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestWilliam Jennings Bryan

Mar 19 William Jennings Bryan, American orator and statesman known as "The Great Commoner", born in Salem, Illinois (d. 1925)

US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan
US Secretary of State
William Jennings Bryan
  • Mar 22 Alfred Ploetz, German physician (d. 1940)
  • Mar 27 Frank Frost Abbott, American classical scholar, born in Redding, Connecticut (d. 1924)
  • Mar 31 Isidor Traube, Hildesheim Hanover, German Chemist (founded capillary chemistry, research on liquids)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 17 Anna Brownell Jameson, Anglo-Irish historian and writer (Loves of the Poets), dies at 65
  • Mar 25 James Braid, Scottish surgeon (b. 1795)