On This Day

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 and Artist William Blake
Poet and Artist
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

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Aug 19 King Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government and restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720

King of Sweden Gustav III
King of Sweden
Gustav III
  • Aug 21 King Gustav III of Sweden completes a coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution and installing himself as an enlightened despot, ending 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, Italian composer, dies at 29
  • Aug 21 Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 31 William Borlase, English naturalist (b. 1695)