Historical Events in March 1765

Murder of Interest

Mar 9 After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.

Historic Event

Mar 22 Stamp Act passed; 1st direct British tax on American colonists, organized by Prime Minister George Grenville

  • Mar 24 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers