What Happened in March 1781

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland
  • Mar 1 Continental Congress adopts Articles of Confederation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 William Herschel sees what he thinks is a "comet" but is actually the discovery of the planet Uranus

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • Mar 15 British and American forces clash during the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. British suffer heavy losses, surrendering to George Washington in October
  • Mar 18 Charles Messier rediscovers global cluster M92

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 4 Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
  • Mar 11 Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer
  • Mar 12 Frederica of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1826)
  • Mar 13 Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German architect, city planner and painter (Altes Museum, Neue Wache), born in Neuruppin, Margraviate of Brandenburg (d. 1841)
  • Mar 17 Dominique J de Eerens, governor-general of Neth Indies
  • Mar 17 Ebenezer Elliott, British Poet. Know as the "Corn Law Rhymer'" (d. 1849)
  • Mar 18 Gustave Vogt, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1870)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 18 Anne Robert Turgot, French statesman (b. 1727)