On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1772

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


BattleCoup d'├ętat

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

King of Sweden Gustav III
King of Sweden
Gustav III

Famous Deaths

  • Alessandro Felici, composer, dies at 29
  • Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, composer, dies at 48