On This Day

What Happened in March 1770

Historical Events

Historic Event

Mar 5 Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. Massacre galvanizes anti-British feelings.

Appointment of Interest

Mar 31 Immanuel Kant is appointed Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Königsberg


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Louis-Gabriel Suchet, French nobleman (Duke of Albufera), and military commander (Marshal of the Empire), born in Lyon, France (d. 1826)
  • Mar 13 Daniel Lambert, English gaol keep and famous for his unusually large size (weighed 739 lbs (334 kg) at death), born in Blue Boar Lane, Leicester (d. 1809)
  • Mar 20 Friedrich H√∂lderlin, German writer (d. 1843)
  • Mar 25 Carl Friedrich Ebers, German composer and arranger, born in Kassel (d. 1836)
  • Mar 28 Sophie Mereau, German writer, born in Altenburg, Germany (d. 1806)

Famous Deaths

Crispus Attucks

Mar 5 Crispus Attucks, possible slave, is 1st of 5 killed during Boston Massacre at beginning of the American Revolution

  • Mar 27 Giovanni B Tiepolo, Italian painter (Banquet of Cleopatra), dies at 73