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)

James Bradley

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

  • 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