What Happened in March 1762

Historical Events

Historic Event

Mar 10 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspires Voltaire to begin campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform

  • Mar 17 1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 7 Sebastiaan Cornelius Nederburgh, Dutch statesman, director-general East Indies Company, responsible for Nederburgh's Charter), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1811)
  • Mar 24 Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portuguese opera composer (Portogallo)
  • Mar 25 Francesco Giuseppe Pollini, Italian composer and pupil of Mozart, born in Ljubljana (d. 1846)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Johannes Zick, German fresco painter (b. 1702)
  • Mar 21 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (b. 1713)