On This Day

What Happened in March 1657

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Great Fire of Meireki destroys 60-70% of the Japanese capital city of Edo, killing an estimated 100,000 people
  • Mar 23 France & England form alliance against Spain; England gets Dunkirk

Historic Event

Mar 31 English Parliament makes the Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown: he declines

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Samuel Werenfels, Swiss theologian (d. 1740)
  • Mar 18 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer
  • Mar 24 Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (d. 1725)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 26 Jacob van Eyck, Dutch blind flautist and carillonneur, dies at 69