What Happened in March 1778

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

Mar 2 Nathanael Greene is appointed Quartermaster General of the Continental Army under George Washington

Historic Discovery

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

Historic Event

Mar 30 Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath


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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

Thomas Arne

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)