What Happened on July 2, 1816

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • French frigate "La M├ęduse" runs aground under incompetent leadership of aristocrat Viscount of Chaumareys, forcing evacuation of 400 passengers. 150 men, 1 woman are left on "la Machine," a poorly provisioned raft. 13 days later only 15 survivors remain due to starvation, riots, madness, suicide, and cannibalism
  • French frigate "Medusa" runs aground off Cap Blanc.