On This Day

March 1897 in History

Events in History


<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

Mar 4 William McKinley inaugurated as 25th US President

25th US President William McKinley
25th US President
William McKinley
  • Mar 5 American Negro Academy forms
  • Mar 9 Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot
  • Mar 11 A meteorite enters the earth's atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris causes damage but no human injuries are reported.
  • Mar 13 San Diego State University is founded.
  • Mar 15 1st indoor fly casting tournament opens, at Madison Square Garden
  • Mar 20 1st US orthodox Jewish Rabbinical seminary (RIETS) incorporates in NY

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Mar 20 France signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia

Emperor of Ethiopia Menelik II
Emperor of Ethiopia
Menelik II
  • Mar 29 Japan adopts Gold Standard

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 5 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (d. 1960)

Person of interestSoong Mei-ling

Mar 5 Soong Mei-ling [Madame Chiang Kai-shek], Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), born in Shanghai (d. 2003)

Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China Soong Mei-ling
Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China
Soong Mei-ling
  • Mar 13 Marcel Thiry, Belgian writer and wallon militant, born in Charleroi, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • Mar 17 Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 19 Liam O'Flaherty, Irish writer, born in Inishmore, Aran Islands (d. 1984)
  • Mar 24 Charles Eyck, Dutch painter/sculptor
  • Mar 24 Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-US psycho analysist (character analysis)
  • Mar 27 Douglas R. Hartree, English mathematician and physicist, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1958)
  • Mar 27 Carlo Mierendorff, German politician and anti-fascist, born in Grossenhain , Germany (d. 1943)
  • Mar 28 Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1977)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 9 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier and pioneer of modern skiing, dies at 71
  • Mar 11 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist, evangelist, dies at 45
  • Mar 19 Antoine T. d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Apollon Maykov, Russian poet, dies at 76
  • Mar 27 Andreas Anagnostakis, Greek physician (b. 1826)