1746 – Born on January 24th in Stockholm, Sweden.
1720 – His first political act was to reassert royal authority, subordinating the parties in the Riksdag and thereby halting the so-called Age of Freedom.
1766 – Married to Sophie Magdalene, daughter of Frederick V of Denmark.
1771 – He was proclaimed as the King of Sweden.
– His reign was known as the ‘Gustavian Era’ or the age of ‘the Swedish Enlightenment’.
1782-1788 – A committed patron of the arts, he founded the Royal Opera House, the Swedish Academy, and the Royal Dramatic Theatre.
– Poor harvests and a failing economy created discontent, and as a diversion he launched into a war against Russia that proved unpopular.
1790 – He continued to reduce the powers of the nobility, but aristocratic plots continued.
1792 – Died on March 29th. He was shot and mortally wounded by a Swedish army officer during a masked ball at the Royal Opera House.