On This Day

What Happened in March 1792

Historical Events

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

AssassinationAssassination 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
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The masquerade costume worn by Gustav III when he was shot in the back by an assassin
The masquerade costume worn by Gustav III when he was shot in the back by an assassin
  • Mar 24 Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

King of Sweden Gustav III
King of Sweden
Gustav III

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 7 John Herschel, William Herschel's son, English astronomer and photographer (invented the blueprint), born in Slough, England (d. 1871)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestLeopold II

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

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II
Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II
  • 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

Person of interestGustav III

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

King of Sweden Gustav III
King of Sweden
Gustav III