This Day in History

What happened in this month and day.

March 7

1774 The British close the port of Boston to all commerce.

1799 In Palestine, Napoleon captures Jaffa and his men massacre more than 2,000 Albanian prisoners.

1809 Aeronaut Jean Pierre Blanchard — the first person to make the an aerial voyage in the New World — died on March 7, 1809, at the age of 56.

1838 Soprano Jenny Lind ("the Swedish Nightingale") makes her debut in Weber's opera Der Freischultz.

1847 U.S. General Winfield Scott (picture above) occupies Vera Cruz, Mexico.

1849 The Austrian Reichstag is dissolved.

1862 Confederate forces surprise the Union army at the Battle of Pea Ridge, in Arkansas, but the Union is victorious.