What Happened in 1785

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Significant Events

  • Jan 13 John Walter publishes 1st issue of "The Times" of London
  • May 23 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
  • Jul 4 James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Jul 6 US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the "dollar" and adopts decimal coinage
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World Leaders in 1785

Famous People in 1785

Would You Believe?

Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)

On September 28, 1785

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
  • Jan 6 Haym Salomon, dies in Philadelphia at 44, helped finance the revolution
  • Jan 19 Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (b. 1713)
  • Jan 23 Matthew Stewart, Scottish mathematician (b. 1717)
  • Feb 6 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48
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