On This Day

What Happened in March 1685

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 12 George Berkeley, Irish philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
  • Mar 17 Jean-Marc Nattier, French portrait painter
  • Mar 18 Ralph Ersine, Scottish minister (d. 1752)

Person of interestJohann Sebastian Bach

Mar 31 Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Mattheus-Passion) [OS 21 Mar], born in Eisenach, Germany (d. 1750)


Famous Deaths

  • Mar 22 Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (b. 1638)