What Happened in March 1644

Historical Events

  • Mar 7 Massachusetts establishes 1st two-chamber legislature in colonies
  • Mar 14 England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
  • Mar 19 200 members of Peking imperial family/court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor
  • Mar 31 Pope Urbanus VIII & duke of Parma signs Peace of Ferrara

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 18 Gottfried Wegner, composer
  • Mar 20 Ivan Mazepa, Cossack Hetman of the Hetmanate (d. 1709)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Louise Juliana, countess of Nassau, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 19 Chongzhen, last Ming Emperor of China, commits suicide

Chinese Emperor Chongzhen
Chinese Emperor
  • Mar 24 Cecilia Renata, arch duchess of Austria, dies