On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1772

Historical Events

Coup 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, Italian composer, dies at 29
  • Johann Andreas Joseph Giulini, German composer, and priest dies at 48
1772 Highlights

About August 21, 1772

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 249 years, 2 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Leo