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March 1898 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 8 Richard Straus' "Don Quixote" premieres in Keulen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 John Philip Holland achieves successful test run for the first modern submarine off Staten Island, submerging for 1 hour 40 minutes

  • Mar 25 Intercollegiate Trapshooting Association formed in NYC
  • Mar 25 Swami Vivekananda initiates Margaret Noble (Sister Nivedita) into vow of Brahmacharya, first western woman received into Indian monastic order

The Story of Writer O. Henry’s Short LifeThe Story of Writer O. Henry’s Short Life

Mar 25 Writer O. Henry sentenced to 5 years in prison for embezzling $854 from a bank reportedly to pay for his sick wife's medical bills. Goes on to write many classics while in jail including "Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking".

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The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in 2012 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Porter
The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in 2012 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Porter
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Birthdays in History

  • Mar 4 Georges Dumézil, French philologist (d. 1940)

Person of interestZhou Enlai

Mar 5 Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China, born in Huai'an, China (d. 1976)

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
  • Mar 7 Jan Bata, Czech shoe manufacturer
  • Mar 14 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (d. 1985)
  • Mar 18 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (d. 1960)
  • Mar 23 Georgios Grivas, Greek general/opposition leader on Cyprus
  • Mar 24 Dorothy Stratton, organizer (SPARS-women's branch of US Coast Guard)
  • Mar 24 George Alpert, railroad executive
  • Mar 29 Cecil Arthur Lewis, British fighter pilot and writer, born in Birkenhead, England (d. 1997)
  • Mar 30 Heinz Risse, German writer, born in Dusseldorf (d. 1989)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 6 Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (25) weds political activist Alice Dunbar (22) in New York


Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 George Bruce Malleson, English officer in India and author, dies at 72
  • Mar 10 George Müller, Prussian Christian evangelist and orphanage builder, dies at 92
  • Mar 11 William Rosecrans, American Civil War Union general (b. 1819)
  • Mar 12 Zacharias Topelius, Finnish-Swedish writer (b. 1818)
  • Mar 15 Henry Bessemer, English metallurgist (b. 1813)
  • Mar 16 Aubrey (Vincent) Beardsley, English illustrator (Salome), dies at 23
  • Mar 17 Blanche Kelso Bruce, (Sen-Miss, 1875-1881), dies at 57, in Washington
  • Mar 18 Matilda Joslyn Gage, American suffragist (b. 1826)
  • Mar 19 João da Cruz, Brazilian poet, dies at 26
  • Mar 27 Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim intellectual and one of the founding fathers of Pakistan dies at 80
  • Mar 31 Edward Noyes Westcott, US attorney/writer (David Harum), dies