What Happened in March 1778

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Mar 7 Captain James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 3 Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Hanover (d. 1841)
  • Mar 8 Friedrich August Kanne, Austrian-German composer, born in Delitzsch, Saxony (d. 1833)
  • Mar 19 Edward Pakenham, British general (d. 1815)
  • Mar 31 Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (d. 1858)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 5 Thomas Arne, British composer (Rule Britannia, A-Hunting We Will Go), dies at 67
  • Mar 7 Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist and entomologist, dies at 58
  • Mar 13 Charles le Beau, French historian (b. 1701)