What Happened in March 1765

Historical Events

Murder of Interest

Mar 9 After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.

Historic Event

Mar 22 Stamp Act passed; 1st direct British tax on American colonists, organized by Prime Minister George Grenville

  • Mar 24 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 4 Charles Dibdin, British composer, author (Sea Songs), and actor, baptized in Hampshire, England (d. 1814)
  • Mar 6 Jan Kops, Dutch agronomist/vicar
  • Mar 7 Nicéphore Niépce, French inventor of photography (d. 1833)
  • Mar 18 David H Chasse, Dutch baron/general (fought Napoleon at Waterloo)
  • Mar 21 Henry Fagel, Dutch/English baron/diplomat
  • Mar 27 Franz Xaver von Baader, German philosopher and theologist, born in Munich (d. 1841)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 William Stukeley, English physician and archaeologist (pioneered investigation of Stonehenge and Avebury), dies at 77