March 1872 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 Yellowstone becomes the world's 1st national park

Louis Riel's Exile

Mar 2 Louis Riel goes into voluntary exile in St. Paul, Minnesota

Historic Invention

Mar 5 George Westinghouse Jr patents triple air brake for trains

  • Mar 7 -8°F (-22°C) in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 11 Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain
  • Mar 11 The Meiji Japanese government officially annexes the Ryukyu Kingdom into what would become the Okinawa prefecture
  • Mar 22 Illinois becomes 1st state to require sexual equality in employment
  • Mar 26 7.8 earthquake shakes Owens Valley, California
  • Mar 26 Thomas J. Martin, of Alabama, receives a U.S. patent for a pipe and valve fire extinguisher system

Birthdays in History

Piet MondrianPiet Mondrian (1872-1944)

Mar 7 Dutch abstract painter (Broadway Boogie Woogie, Composition with Red Blue and Yellow) and art theoretician, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands

  • Mar 13 Oswald Garrison Villard, American journalist and editor of the New York Evening Post, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1949)
  • Mar 20 Karin Michaelis, Danish writer (The Dangerous Age), born in Randers, Denmark (d. 1950)

Michael Joseph SavageMichael Joseph Savage (1872-1940)

Mar 23 Australian-born New Zealand politician and first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand (1935-40), born in Tatong, Australia

  • Mar 25 Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument in Argentina), born in the Province of Venice (d. 1933)
  • Mar 28 Jose Sanjurjo, Spanish general (Morocco) and high director, born in Pamplona, Spain (d. 1936)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 4 Johannes Carsten Hauch, Danish poet (b. 1790)
  • Mar 8 Cornelius Krieghoff, Dutch-Canadian painter, dies at 56
  • Mar 10 Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian politician and revolutionary (Giovane Italy), dies at 66
  • Mar 12 Zeng Guofan, Chinese statesman, military general and Confucian scholar of the late Qing dynasty, dies at 60
  • Mar 28 Humphrey Marshall, American politician and Brigadier General in the Confederate Army, dies at 60