On This Day

What Happened in March 1783

Historical Events

  • Mar 5 King Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski grants rights to Jews of Kovno
  • Mar 10 USS Alliance under Captain Barry fights and wins last naval battle of US Revolutionary War off Cape Canaveral

Historic Event

Mar 15 In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d'etat never takes place.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 8 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, born in Sulza, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1846)
  • Mar 8 Hannah Hoes, future wife of U.S. President Martin Van Buren (1837-41), born in Kinderhook, New York (d. 1819)
  • Mar 26 Johann Baptist Weigl, German composer and clergyman, born in Hahnbach, Bavaria (d. 1852)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 23 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, dies at 67
  • Mar 30 William Hunter, Scottish anatomist and physician, dies at 64