On This Day

What Happened in 1792

Historical Events

  • Feb 20 US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance
  • Mar 16 King gustav iii of Sweden is shot by Count Jacob Johan Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29
  • 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 the French king of his powers
  • Dec 11 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state
  • Dec 26 Trial of French King Louis XVI, court hears the kings defense brought by Raymond Desèze
  • More Historical Events

1792 in Music

Did You Know?

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

On July 30, 1792