On This Day

What Happened in March 1796

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 1st National Meeting in the Hague

Appointment of Interest

Mar 2 Napoléon Bonaparte is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French Army in Italy

  • Mar 28 Bethel African Methodist Church of Philadelphia is 1st US-African church

Scientific Discovery

Mar 30 Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, discovers the construction of the heptadecagon


Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 10 José María Vargas, Venezuelan doctor, botanist and 2nd President of Venezuela (1835-36), born in La Guaira, Venezuela (d. 1854)
  • Mar 24 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)

Famous Weddings

Napoléon Bonaparte

Mar 9 French Leader Napoléon Bonaparte (26) marries 1st wife Joséphine de Beauharnais (32), changing her name from Rose

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 6 Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer, dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Pieter Paulus, Dutch Patriot and President of the First National Assembly in The Hague, dies of a serious cold at 42
  • Mar 19 Stephen Storace, English composer, dies at 33
  • Mar 19 Hugh Palliser, British naval officer and administrator (b. 1722)
  • Mar 22 Gaspare Gabellone, Italian composer, dies at 68