On This Day

March 1904 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 2 Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio" premieres in Milan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison's cylinder

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II

InventionHistoric Invention

Mar 5 Nikola Tesla describes the process of the ball lightning formation in Electrical World and Engineer

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Nikola Tesla
  • Mar 6 The Japanese fleet bombards Vladivostok, the major Russian port on the Pacific
  • Mar 12 1st main line electric train in UK (Liverpool to Southport)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • Mar 13 Bronze statue of Christ on Argentine-Chilean border dedicated
  • Mar 14 In a landmark case, Northern Securities Company v United States, the US Supreme Court finds the company has violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act; first case in T. Roosevelt's 'trust-busting' campaign
  • Mar 22 "Bailundo Revolt" ends after almost 2-years in Portuguese victory over Ovimbundu kingdom & allies
  • Mar 28 Japanese troops advance in Korea, defeat the Russians at Chengiu, and capture the town

Birthdays in History


Person of interestDr. Seuss

Mar 2 Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], American children's author (The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • Mar 4 George Gamow, nuclear physicist/cosmologist/writer (1, 2, 3...
  • Mar 5 Karl Rahner, German theologian (d. 1984)
  • Mar 6 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (d. 1960)

Person of interestReinhard Heydrich

Mar 7 Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), born in Halle an der Saale (d. 1942)

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
  • Mar 9 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2002)
  • Mar 11 Cornelis Jan Bakker, Dutch/US nuclear physicist
  • Mar 11 Maurits Wertheim, Dutch writer (Isaac De Fuentes)
  • Mar 13 Henry Iliffe Cozens, English Royal Air Force pilot, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Mar 18 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (d. 1926)

Person of interestJohn Sirica

Mar 19 John Sirica, American federal judge (Watergate hearings), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1992)

US Federal Judge John Sirica
US Federal Judge
John Sirica
  • Mar 20 B F Skinner, American psychologist (Skinner Box), born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Mar 21 Forrest Mars Sr., American candymaker (d. 1999)
  • Mar 26 Emilio Fernandez, El Seco Mexico, director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre)
  • Mar 26 Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image)
  • Mar 26 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2004)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 5 Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian field marshal and Chief of the German General Staff, dies at 71
  • Mar 7 Ferdinand André Fouqué, French geologist (b. 1828)
  • Mar 24 Edwin Arnold, English writer (The Light of Asia), dies at 71