What Happened in August 1772

Historical Events

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Aug 4 English poet and artist William Blake aged 14 is first apprenticed to engraver James Basire in London

Poet/Artist William Blake
William Blake
  • 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, King of the Netherlands (1815-40) and Grand Duke of Luxembourg, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1843)
  • Aug 30 Henri de La Rochejacquelin, French Royalist Army leader, born in MaulĂ©on, Kingdom of France (d. 1794)

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)