From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Art and culture
- Claude Chappe successfully demonstrates the first semaphore line, between Paris and Lille.
- Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is published.
- Denmark is the first country in the world to outlaw slavery.
- Goya becomes deaf
- April 25
- August 10 – French Revolution: The Tuileries Palace is stormed, and Louis XVI of France is arrested and taken into custody.
- September 2 – During what becomes known as the September Massacres of the French Revolution, rampaging mobs slaughter three Roman Catholic bishops and more than 200 priests.
- September 11 – Six men steal some of the former French Crown Jewels from a warehouse where the revolutionary government had stored them.
- September 14 – Thomas Paine flees from England to France after being indicted for treason. He is tried in absentia during December and outlawed.
- September 21 – Proclamation of the abolition of the monarchy by the French Convention and establishment of the French First Republic with effect from the following day.
- September 22 – The Era of the historical French Republican Calendar begins.
- December 26 – The trial of Louis XVI of France begins.
- August 4 – Percy Bysshe Shelley, British poet (d. 1822)
- November 28 – Victor Cousin, French philosopher (d. 1867)
- August 25 – Jacques Cazotte, French writer (b. 1719)
- September 3 – Princesse de Lamballe, French princess, friend of Marie Antoinette (murdered during the French Revolution) (b. 1749)