What Happened in March 1762

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Historical Events


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Mar 10 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • Mar 17 1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 7 Sebastiaan C Nederburgh, director-general (East Indies Company)
  • Mar 24 Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portugal, opera composer (Portogallo)
  • Mar 25 Francesco Giuseppi Pollini, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Johannes Zick, German fresco painter (b. 1702)
  • Mar 21 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (b. 1713)