On This Day

What Happened in August 1792

Historical Events

Historic Event

Aug 10 A large scale insurrection against the French monarchy occurs in Paris

Historic Event

Aug 10 Papers from the Tuileries Palace, proving the Comte de Mirabeau had secret dealings with the court are revealed

Historic Event

Aug 13 Revolutionaries imprison French royals, including Marie Antoinette

  • Aug 29 British man o'war HMS Royal George capsizes at Spithead; more than 800 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 4 Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet (Adonais; Prometheus Unbound), born in Horsham, Sussex, England (d. 1822)
  • Aug 13 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of William IV of the United Kingdom, born in Meiningen, Germany (d. 1849)

John Russell

Aug 18 John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1846-52 and 1865-66), born in Mayfair, Middlesex (d. 1878)

  • Aug 26 Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan politician and nationalist, 2nd President of Uruguay (1835-38), born in Montevideo, Río de la Plata (d. 1857)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, German composer, dies at 60

Richard Arkwright

Aug 3 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor (created the spinning frame, built Cromford Mill), dies at 59

Frederick North

Aug 5 Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Tory: 1770-82), "who lost America", dies at 60

  • Aug 17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • Aug 25 Jacques Cazotte, French writer (b. 1719)