What Happened in March 1778

Historical Events

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Mar 7 Captain James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • Mar 15 Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island discovered by Captain Cook
  • Mar 22 Captain Cook sights Cape Flattery, now in Washington state

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Hanover (d. 1841)
  • Mar 8 Friedrich August Kanne, composer
  • Mar 19 Edward Pakenham, British general (d. 1815)
  • Mar 31 Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (d. 1858)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Thomas A Arne, English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia), dies at 67
  • Mar 7 Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1720)
  • Mar 13 Charles le Beau, French historian (b. 1701)