On This Day

What Happened in March 1780

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for newborns only)
  • Mar 26 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (British Gazette & Sunday Monitor)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Leonard PJ du Bus de Gisignies, gov-general of Neth Indies (1826-30)
  • Mar 10 Juan José Landaeta, Venezuelan composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela, (d. 1814)
  • Mar 17 Thomas Chalmers, Scottish minister and 1st moderator (Free Church of Scotland 1843-47), born in Anstruther, Scotland (d. 1847)
  • Mar 18 Milos Obrenovic, Leader of The Second Serbian Uprising and Prince of Serbia (d. 1860)
  • Mar 27 August Leopold Crelle, German inventor and mathematician (1st Prussian Railway), born in Eichwerder, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1855)
  • Mar 29 Jørgen Jørgensen, Danish explorer and adventurer (attempted to rule Iceland), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1841)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 20 Sir Benjamin Truman - English brewer (b. 1699/1700)
  • Mar 26 Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, dies at 66