March 9

The court of Toulouse in France, sentences Jean Calas to death under the charge of the murder of his son. It was thought he murdered his son because he was converting to Catholicism. Voltaire was contacted about the case and after initial suspicions that Calas was guilty of anti-Catholic fanaticism had subsided, began a campaign to get have the sentence overturned. It was overturned on this day in 1765.

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