On This Day

March 1762 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspires Voltaire to begin campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • Mar 17 1st St Patrick's Day parade in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 7 Sebastiaan Cornelius Nederburgh, Dutch statesman, director-general East Indies Company, responsible for Nederburgh's Charter), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1811)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 4 Johannes Zick, German fresco painter (b. 1702)
  • Mar 21 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (b. 1713)