On This Day

What Happened in 1791

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris
  • May 3 Constitution of May 3 is proclaimed by the Great Sejm (Parliament) of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, becoming the 1st modern constitution in Europe

1791 in Music

  • Sep 6 Mozart's opera "La Clemenza di Tito" premieres in Prague
  • Sep 30 Mozart's opera "Magic Flute", with German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, premieres at Schikaneder's Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 6 Emma, Lady Hamilton (26) marries Sir William Hamilton (60) at St Marylebone Parish Church in London
  • Oct 1 Prince Willem Frederick (later King of Netherlands) marries his cousin princess Frederica Louise Wilhelmine of Prussia