On This Day

What Happened in March 1693

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 5 Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (d. 1754)
  • Mar 7 Clement XIII [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), born in Venice (d. 1769)

Person of interestJames Bradley

Mar 23 James Bradley, English astronomer, 3rd Astronomer Royal, discovered Earth's nutation motion, born in Shelborne, England (d. 1762) exact date disputed

Astronomer James Bradley
Astronomer
James Bradley
  • Mar 24 John Harrison, English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer to calculate longitude while at sea, born in Foulby, Yorkshire, England (d. 1776)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Benedict Schultheiss, German composer, dies at 39