On This Day

What Happened in March 1762

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 7 Sebastiaan C Nederburgh, director-general (East Indies Company)
  • Mar 24 Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, Portuguese opera composer (Portogallo)
  • Mar 25 Francesco Giuseppi Pollini, composer

Famous Deaths

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