On This Day

What Happened in March 1757

Historical Events

  • Mar 14 On board HMS Monarch (his own flagship), British Admiral John Byng is executed by firing squad for failing to come to aide of besieged British garrison
  • Mar 17 Prince Mas Saïd of Mataram surrenders to Mangkubumi in Java

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 4 Ignaz Malzat, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1804)
  • Mar 16 Bengt Lidner, Swedish poet (Medea, Yttersa Domen)
  • Mar 27 Richard John Samuel Stevens, English composer, born in London (d. 1837)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Edward Moore, English writer & dramatist (The Gamester), dies at 44
  • Mar 8 Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar, dies at 55
  • Mar 14 John Byng, English admiral executed by firing squad at 52 for neglecting his duty in defence of Minorca, dies at 53
  • Mar 20 Johann Paul Kunzen, composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 27 Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, composer, dies at 39