On This Day

What Happened in March 1703

Historical Events

  • Mar 20 Akō incident: 46 of the 47 surviving Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death in Edo

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Dieudonne Raick, Flemish composer and organist, born in Liège (d. 1764) baptism date
  • Mar 5 Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (d. 1768)
  • Mar 24 Jose F de Isla [Francisco de Salazar], Spanish Jesuit/writer

Famous Deaths

Person of interestRobert Hooke

Mar 3 Robert Hooke, English scientific genius (Micrographia), dies at 67

Scientist Robert Hooke
Robert Hooke
  • Mar 20 Johann Kunckel/Kunkel, German alchemist/ambassador to Sweden, dies
  • Mar 31 Johann Christoph Bach, German composer, dies at 60