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 and court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor
  • Mar 31 Pope Urbanus VIII and Duke of Parma sign 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 of Nassau, Regent of Bohemia by marriage to Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Archduchess Cecilia Renata of Austria, Queen of Poland, dies at 32