May 30, 1892: The Soldiers' Monument commemorating civil war veterans is dedicated in Washington Park accompanied by a parade of 10,000 people. At the unveiling, speeches are made by U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, New York Governor Roswell Flower, and Frederick Douglas. The monument includes bronze statues of infantry, cavalry, marine, and artillery soldiers with a central figure of Abraham Lincoln.
March 26, 1830: Joseph Smith, at the age of 24, publishes the Book of Mormon in Palmyra NY, said to be a translation of the Golden Plates that he discovered near his home on Cumorah Hill in Manchester, NY., given to him by the Angel Moroni.
March 21, 1817: The village of "Rochesterville" on the west bank of the river is officially incorporated as part of Gates township by the state Legislature. The cumbersome and redundant "ville" was never commonly used, and the name was officially simplified five years later to the more popular Rochester.
March 17, 1865: On Friday the 17th, the St. Patrick's day flood of the Genesee River destroys several buildings in the city of Rochester as the river flows through Main, Buffalo, Mill, Front, Exchange, and Arcade Streets to a depth in some places of 3 feet. Many residents were stranded until Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.
March 3, 1991: .Over 135,000 homes are left without power as an ice storm hits Rochester and surrounding areas with 1.5 inches of freezing rain accumulating over 22 hours. More than 10,000 trees were destroyed.