On This Day

What Happened in March 1792

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 US Presidential Succession Act passed
  • Mar 4 Oranges introduced to Hawaii

Assassination of King Gustav III

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

  • Mar 24 Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London

Historic Event

Mar 29 King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm's Royal Opera just 13 days earlier. He is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.

Famous Birthdays

John Herschel

Mar 7 John Herschel, English astronomer and photographer who invented the blueprint and catalogued southern hemisphere stars, born in Slough, England (d. 1871)

Famous Deaths

Leopold II

Mar 1 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), dies at 44

  • Mar 3 Robert Adam, Scottish architect and designer (Adelphi Terrace, London), dies at 63
  • Mar 10 John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1760-63), dies at 78

Gustav III

Mar 29 Gustav III, King of Sweden (1771-92), dies of septicemia at 46 after being shot by an assassin thirteen days earlier