On This Day

What Happened in March 1800

Historical Events

  • Mar 14 Luigi Chiaramonti crowned Pope Pius VII
  • Mar 17 British warship Queen Charlotte catches fire; 700 die
  • Mar 20 French army defeats Turks at Helipolis & advance to Cairo

InventionScientific Discovery

Mar 20 Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta
Physicist and Inventor
Alessandro Volta
Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 2 Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet (d. 1844)
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Georg Bronn, German geologist (d. 1862)
  • Mar 12 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian
  • Mar 14 James Bogardus, American inventor and builder (made cast-iron buildings), born in Catskill, New York (d. 1874)
  • Mar 16 Emperor Ninko of Japan (d. 1846)
  • Mar 25 Paulin Paris, French historian

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 2 Christian Friedrich Schale, composer, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Johann Baptist Christoph Toeschi, German composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 9 Dominique Della-Maria, French composer, dies at 30
  • Mar 29 Marc RenĂ©, Marquis de Montalembert, French military engineer and writer, dies at 85