On This Day

What Happened in March 1771

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Armand-Emmanuel Trial, composer
  • Mar 10 Georg Friedrich Creuzer, German classical scholar (Idea und Probe), born in Marburg an der Lahn, Hesse (d. 1858)
  • Mar 22 Heinrich D. Zschokke, German Swiss author (Das Goldmacherdorf), born in Magdeburg, Prussia (d. 1848)

Famous Weddings

Thomas Paine

Mar 26 Political activist Thomas Paine (34) weds second wife Elizabeth Ollive

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Isfrid Kayser, German composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 8 Louis August le Clerc, French-born sculptor (b. 1688)
  • Mar 22 Gottlieb Rabener, German author (Vom Misbrauch of the Satire), dies at 56
  • Mar 24 William Shirley, British Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (played an important role in Britain’s struggle against France for control of North America), dies at 76