On This Day

What Happened in March 1778

Historical Events

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene
First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

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

Explorer James Cook
James Cook

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher

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)