What Happened in August 1772

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Historical Events

  • Aug 5 1st Partition of Poland between Austria, Prussia and Russia is made public
  • Aug 11 Explosive eruption blows 4,000' off Papandayan Java, kills 3,000
  • Aug 19 Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government & restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720
  • Aug 21 King Gustav III of Sweden completes coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution and installing himself as an enlightened despot - ends 50 years of parliamentary rule
  • Aug 31 Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 11 Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount/general
  • Aug 24 William I Frederick, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and King of the Netherlands (1814-40)
  • Aug 30 Henri D Count de Larochejacquelin, French royalist leader

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 21 Alessandro Felici, composer, dies at 29
  • Aug 21 Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 31 William Borlase, English naturalist (b. 1695)