March 1899 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 2 President McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier National Park (5th in US)

Event of Interest

Mar 3 George Dewey becomes 1st in US to hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy

  • Mar 3 US Congress authorizes Lafayette silver dollar
  • Mar 4 Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 m wave that reaches up to 5 km inland - over 300 dead.
  • Mar 6 "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer

Historic Invention

Mar 14 German Ferdinand von Zeppelin receives a US patent for a "Navigable Balloon"

  • Mar 17 Windsor luxury hotel in NYC catches fire, 92 die
  • Mar 18 Phoebe, a moon of Saturn is discovered by William Pickering
  • Mar 21 British & French accord over West Africa

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (d. 1972)
  • Mar 2 Pattie Menzies, Australian wife of PM Robert Menzies, born in Alexandra, Australia (d. 1995)
  • Mar 3 Alfred Gruenther, American general (NATO commander 1953-56), born in Platte Center, Nebraska (d. 1983)
  • Mar 3 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, born in Jelisawetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • Mar 4 Emilio Prados, Spanish poet and editor (d. 1962)
  • Mar 8 Elmer Keith, American firearms enthusiast and author (Guns & Ammo), born in Missouri (d. 1984)
  • Mar 8 Eric Linklater, British novelist and poet (Blue Swallows), born in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1974)
  • Mar 10 Robert Meier, German WW1 veteran, formerly Germany's oldest man. (d. 2007)
  • Mar 11 Frederick IX, King of Denmark (1947-72), born at Sorgenfri Palace, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • Mar 13 Jan Lechoń [Leszek Józef Serafinowicz], Polish poet, born in Warsaw, Congress Poland (d. 1956)
  • Mar 13 John Van Vleck, American physicist, mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1980)
  • Mar 14 K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (d. 1992)
  • Mar 25 Bella Spewack, Hungarian-American playwright (Kiss Me Kate), born in Bucharest, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1990)
  • Mar 25 Jacques Audiberti, French poet and playwright (Race of Men), born in Antibes, France (d. 1965)
  • Mar 26 James B. Connant, American chemist, President of Harvard and diplomat, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • Mar 28 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Latter-day Saints, born in Clifton, Idaho (d. 1973)

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Mar 29 Soviet politician and head of the NKVD secret service, born in Merkheuli, Russian Empire

  • Mar 30 Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Bengali writer (d. 1970)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 1 Gyorgy Apponyi, Hungarian politician, dies at 90
  • Mar 3 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (b. 1827)
  • Mar 6 Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)
  • Mar 14 Emile Erckmann, French writer (Waterloo), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Joseph Medill, Canadian newspaper editor, owner and politician (co-owned Chicago Tribune, Mayor of Chicago 1871-73), dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Svetolik Ranković, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • Mar 20 Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 20 Martha M Place, American murderer who becomes 1st woman to be executed in an electric chair, dies at 49