On This Day

March 1896 in History

Events in History


BattleBattle of Interest

Mar 1 Battle of Adwa: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians in Ethopia, killing two generals and capturing General Matteo Albertone

Emperor of Ethiopia Menelik II
Emperor of Ethiopia
Menelik II

InventionScientific Discovery

Mar 1 Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • Mar 5 Italian premier Francesco Crispi resigns
  • Mar 5 Italian governor of Eritrea, General Baldissera, reaches Massawa
  • Mar 6 1st auto in Detroit, Charles B King rides his "Horseless Carriage"
  • Mar 7 Gilbert & Sullivan's last operette "Grand Duke" premieres in London
  • Mar 8 Volunteers of America forms (NYC)
  • Mar 10 Bronx acquires O'Brien Square
  • Mar 14 Sutro Baths in San Francisco opens by Cliff House (closed Sept 1, 1952)
  • Mar 16 Premiere of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen"
  • Mar 20 Marines land in Nicaragua to protect US citizens
  • Mar 20 Uprising in Matabeleland
  • Mar 23 The Raines Law is passed by the New York State Legislature, restricting Sunday sale of alcohol to hotels

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Moriz Seeler, German writer and producer (d. 1942)
  • Mar 8 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), born in Renfrew, Ontario (d. 1975)
  • Mar 10 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, born in London (d. 1965)
  • Mar 13 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • Mar 20 Hal Walker, director (I Married Joan), born in Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Mar 22 Giulia D De Albertis, writer
  • Mar 22 He Long, Chinese marshal (d. 1969)
  • Mar 24 Gianna Manzini, writer

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 24 Writer "Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad (39) marries Englishwoman Jessie George (23)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Giuseppe Arimondi, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies in the Battle of Adwa at 49
  • Mar 1 Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, dies in the Battle of Adwa at 53
  • Mar 22 Thomas Hughes, English politician and author (Tom Brown's School days), dies at 73
  • Mar 28 E Rundle Charles, writer, dies
  • Mar 30 Charilaos Trikoupis, Greek politician (Prime Minister of Greece for 7 times from 1875-1895), dies at 63