What Happened in 1792

Significant Events

  • Feb 20 US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance
  • Apr 2 The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime
  • Apr 21 Brazilian revolutionary Tiradentes, is hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apr 25 Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier
  • May 17 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
  • May 21 Mount Unzen on Japan's Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsunami, killing about 15,000; Japan's deadliest volcanic eruption
  • Sep 2 September Massacres of the French Revolution: In Paris rampaging mobs slaughter 3 Roman Catholic bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
  • Sep 21 French Revolution: The National Convention passes a proclamation announcing the formal abolition of the French monarchy
  • Sep 22 French First Republic formed by the National Convention, stripping French king of his powers
  • Dec 11 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state
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1792 in Music

  • Mar 16 King Gustav III of Sweden is shot by Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29
  • Dec 12 In Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn

Did You Know?

500 Marseillaisian men sing France's national anthem for 1st time

On July 30, 1792


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