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Events in History in March 1781

USAArticles of Confederation

Mar 1 Continental Congress officially adopts the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America after ratification by the 13th state, Maryland

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The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America
The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America
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InventionScientific Discovery

Mar 13 William Herschel sees what he thinks is a "comet" but is actually the discovery of the planet Uranus

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel

BattleBattle of Interest

Mar 15 Battle of Guilford Court House; British troops under Cornwallis defeat American forces but their heavy losses led to ceding of territory and a strategic loss

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene

InventionScientific Discovery

Mar 18 Charles Messier rediscovers global cluster M92

Astronomer Charles Messier
Astronomer
Charles Messier