What Happened in March 1778

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook

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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)