On This Day

Historical Events in April 1792

  • Apr 1 Gronings feminist Etta Palm demands women's right to divorce
  • 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

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Apr 5 George Washington casts 1st presidential veto

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

BattleDeclaration of War

Apr 14 France declares war on Austria, starting French Revolutionary Wars

Politician and Revolutionary Georges Danton
Politician and Revolutionary
Georges Danton
  • Apr 20 Amidst the French Revolution, France declares war on Austria and Prussia, beginning the French Revolutionary Wars


Apr 21 Brazilian revolutionary Tiradentes, is hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Revolutionary Tiradentes
Brazilian Revolutionary
  • Apr 25 Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier
  • Apr 25 "La Marseillaise", later the national anthem of France, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg