1746, Jan 131792, Mar 29
King of Sweden from 1771 until his assassination in 1792. Gustav was a vocal opponent of what he saw as the abuse of political privileges seized by the nobility since the death of King Charles XII. Seizing power from the government in a coup d'├ętat in 1772 that ended the Age of Liberty, he initiated a campaign to restore royal autocracy which was completed by the Union and Security Act of 1789, which swept away most of the powers once exercised by the Swedish Riksdag (parliament).
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08/19/1772-Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government and restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720
03/16/1792-Murder attempt on King Gustav III by count Ankarstrom at opera 
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