On This Day

What Happened in March 1687

Historical Events

  • Mar 19 Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 7 Jean Lebeuf, French historian, born in Auxerre, France (d. 1760)
  • Mar 16 Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, queen consort in Prussia (d. 1757)
  • Mar 30 Johann Balthasar Freisslich, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 19 RenĂ©-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), killed by his men at 43
  • Mar 22 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), dies at 54
  • Mar 28 Constantijn Huygens, Dutch diplomat and poet, dies at 90