On This Day

March 1873 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 1 E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter
  • Mar 3 US Congress authorizes federal departmental postage stamps
  • Mar 3 US Congress & government retroactively raise own salaries
  • Mar 3 US Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail
  • Mar 22 Slavery is abolished in Puerto Rico, celebrated as Emancipation Day

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 3 William Green, president of American Federation of Labor (1924-52)
  • Mar 4 John H. Trumbull, 54th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut (d. 1961)
  • Mar 10 Jakob Wassermann, German novelist (My Life as German & Jew)
  • Mar 14 Johannes Aengenent, Bishop of Haarlem (1928-35), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • Mar 15 Lee Shubert, American theatre producer (theatres in NY & LA named after him), born in Lithuania (d. 1953) birth date disputed
  • Mar 16 Hippoliet Daeye, Flemish painter (Sereniteit)
  • Mar 17 Margaret Bondfield, British politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (1929-31), born in Chard, Somerset (d. 1953)
  • Mar 25 Rudolf Rocker, German American anarchist, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1958)
  • Mar 29 Tullio Levi-Civita, Italian mathematician (Tensor calculus), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1941)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 25 Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter (b. 1810)
  • Mar 27 Amedée Simon Dominique Thierry, French journalist and historian (b. 1797)
  • Mar 29 Francesco Zantedeschi, Italian physicist (b. 1797)
  • Mar 30 Benedict Augustin Morel, Austrian-French psychologist (dementia praecox), dies at 63