On This Day

What Happened in March 1788

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III

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 composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 29 Charles Wesley, hymn writer, dies