On This Day

March 1890 in History

Events in History


Book releaseHistoric Publication

Mar 1 1st US edition of Sherlock Holmes' first story "A Study in Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle published

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 Longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) at 1,710 ft in length is opened in Scotland by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII

King of England Edward VII
King of England
Edward VII
  • Mar 18 1st US state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck resigns after 19 years after disagreement with German Emperor Wilhelm II

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Mar 20 General Federation of Women's Clubs founded in the United States
  • Mar 21 Austrian Jewish communities are defined by law
  • Mar 27 A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Jan Duiker, Dutch architect (Zonnestral)
  • Mar 3 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), born in Gravenhurst, Ontario (d. 1939)
  • Mar 6 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator/theory (Orfeo)
  • Mar 8 Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist and philosopher, born in Trier, Germany (d. 1991)

Person of interestVyacheslav Molotov

Mar 9 Vyacheslav Molotov [Skryabin], Russian politician (Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1939-49, 1953-6), born in Kukarka, Russian Empire (d. 1986)

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Mar 11 Vannevar Bush, developed 1st electronic analogue computer
  • Mar 12 A Evert Taube, Swedish writer/troubadour
  • Mar 12 William Dudley Pelley, American leader of the Silver Legion (d. 1965)
  • Mar 18 Gerardus van der Leeuw, Dutch religion historian/minister of Education
  • Mar 24 John Rock, American obstetrician and gynecologist who co-developed the 1st birth control pill, born in Marlborough, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • Mar 25 Marten Baersma [MH Bottema], Friesan author (De ljochte kimen)
  • Mar 26 Jozef Arras, Flemish writer
  • Mar 29 Harold Spencer Jones, English astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun, born in London (d. 1960)
  • Mar 31 William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 16 Zorka of Montenegro, Princess of Serbia (b. 1864)
  • Mar 20 Alexander F. Mozhaiski, Russian aviation pioneer, dies at 65
  • Mar 22 Désiré de Haerne, Belgian Catholic priest and Congressional leader, dies at 85