On This Day

What Happened in March 1788

Historical Events

  • Mar 6 The British First Fleet arrives at Australian territory of Norfolk Island to found a convict settlement
  • Mar 21 Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana

Historic Event

Mar 21 Olaudah Equiano (aka Gustavus Vassa), a freed slave, petitions King George III and Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Gheorghe Asachi, Romania, writer/humanist/politician
  • Mar 7 Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist who pioneered the study of electric and luminescent phenomena, born in Châtillon-Coligny, France (d. 1878)
  • Mar 10 Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, German poet (Das Marmorbild)
  • Mar 12 Pierre J David [David d'Angers], French sculptor

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 1 Orazio Mei, Italian organist, and composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 29 Charles Wesley, English leader of Methodist movement and hymn writer, dies at 80