On This Day

What Happened in March 1779

Historical Events

  • Mar 11 US Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Jacob Gottfried Weber, German composer, born in Freinsheim (d. 1839)
  • Mar 2 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
  • Mar 6 Philipp Roth, composer
  • Mar 13 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1848)

Person of interestWilliam Lamb

Mar 15 William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig 1834, 1835-41), born in London (d. 1848)

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb
  • Mar 21 Alexis Garaude, composer
  • Mar 28 Angelo Maria Benincori, Italian composer, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1821)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 23 Botanist Joseph Banks (36) weds Dorothea Hugessen

Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks