What Happened in August 1792

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 A large scale insurrection against the French monarchy occurs in Paris

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI

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Aug 13 Revolutionaries imprison French royals, including Marie Antoinette

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
  • Aug 29 British man o'war HMS Royal George capsizes at Spithead; more than 800 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 4 Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet (Adonais), born in Horsham, Sussex, England (d. 1822)
  • Aug 13 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of William IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1849)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 18 John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1846-52 and 1865-66), born in Mayfair, Middlesex (d. 1878)

British Prime Minister John Russell
British Prime Minister
John Russell
  • Aug 26 Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan political figure (d. 1857)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer, dies at 60

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor (created the spinning frame), dies at 59

Industrialist and Inventor Richard Arkwright
Industrialist and Inventor
Richard Arkwright

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Aug 5 Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Tory: 1770-82), "who lost America", dies at 60

British Prime Minister Frederick North
British Prime Minister
Frederick North
  • Aug 17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • Aug 25 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (b. 1719)