Historical Events in 1792

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  • Jan 9th Russia & Turkey sign Peace of Jassy
  • Jan 25th The London Corresponding Society is founded.
  • Feb 7th Austria & Prussia sign anti-French covenant
  • Feb 7th D Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto" premieres in Vienna
  • Feb 20th US postal service created, postage 6 cents - 12 cents depending on distance
  • Feb 21st US Congress passes Presidential Succession Act
  • Feb 23rd Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G premieres
  • Feb 23rd Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
  • Mar 1st US Presidential Succession Act passed
  • Mar 4th Oranges introduced to Hawaii
  • Mar 16th King Gustav III of Sweden is shot by Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29.
  • Mar 24th Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London
  • Mar 29th King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm's Royal Opera just 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.
  • Apr 1st Gronings feminist Etta Palm demands women's right to divorce
  • Apr 2nd The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime

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Apr 5th George Washington casts 1st presidential veto

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Apr 14th France declares war on Austria, starting French Revolutionary Wars
  • Apr 20th France declares war on Austria, Prussia & Sardinia
  • Apr 21st Brazilian revolutionary Tiradentes, is hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 24th "La Marseillaise" composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle
  • Apr 25th Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier
  • May 7th Captain Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
  • May 8th British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington
  • May 8th US establishes the military draft
  • May 11th Columbia River discovered & named by US Capt Robert Gray
  • May 12th Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented
  • May 16th Denmark abolishes slave trade
  • May 17th 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
  • May 19th Russian army enters Poland
  • May 21st Mount Unzen on Japan's Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsumasi, killing about 15,000; Japan's deadliest volcanic eruption
  • Jun 1st Kentucky admitted as 15th US state
  • Jun 4th Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain
  • Jun 12th Captain George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver BC
  • Jun 13th King Louis XVI dissmisses French government
  • Jun 21st Vancouver meets Spanish ships Sutil & Mexicana off Vancouver, BC
  • Jul 8th France declares war on Prussia
  • Jul 11th Prussia army moves into French territory
  • Jul 25th Dutch patriots exiles finds "Bataafs Legion"
  • Jul 25th The Brunswick Manifesto issued to population of Paris promising vengeance if French Royal Family harmed.
  • Jul 30th 500 Marseillaisian men sing France's national anthem for 1st time
  • Jul 31st Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Philaelphia
  • Aug 10th Mobs in Paris attack palace of Louis XVI

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Aug 13th Revolutionaries imprison French royals, including Marie Antoinette

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
  • Aug 29th British man o'war HMS Royal George capsizes at Spithead; more than 800 killed
  • Sep 2nd September Massacres of the French Revolution: In Paris rampaging mobs slaughter 3 Roman Catholic bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
  • Sep 11th The Hope Diamond is stolen with other crown jewels when six men break into house used to store the jewels.
  • Sep 20th French defeat Prussians at Valmy
  • Sep 21st Collot D'Herbois, first man to propose to abolish the monarchy in France at National Convention
  • Sep 22nd French First Republic formed by the National Convention, stripping French King of his powers
  • Sep 26th Marc-David Lasource begins accusing Maximilien Robespierre of wanting a dictatorship for France.
  • Oct 2nd Baptist Missionary Society forms in London

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Oct 12th First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Oct 13th "Old Farmer's Almanac" is 1st published and edited by Robert Thomas
  • Oct 13th Washington lays cornerstone of Executive Mansion (White House)
  • Oct 29th Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.
  • Nov 6th Battle of Jemappes: French army beats Holy Roman Empire
  • Nov 14th Captain George Vancouver is first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay

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Nov 25th Farmer's Almanac first published by Benjamin Banneker

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
  • Dec 5th George Washington re-elected as US President
  • Dec 8th 1st cremation in US, Henry Laurens
  • Dec 11th France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state

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Dec 12th In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Dec 15th 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Philadelphia)
  • Dec 17th Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
  • Dec 26th During trial of French King Louis XVI court hears the kings defense brought by Raymond Desèze