Today in History for Year 1787

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 56 of 56

Jan 11th - Titania & Oberon, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Herschel
Jan 25th - Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass
Jan 28th - Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes
Feb 2nd - Arthur St. Clair is elected the 9th President of the President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
Feb 4th - 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
Feb 4th - Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
Feb 18th - Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor
Feb 28th - The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted.
Apr 12th - Philadelphia's Free African Society forms
Apr 16th - 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC
May 6th - 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
May 10th - British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal
May 13th - Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United StatesPage one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States May 14th - Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
May 17th - English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes killing hundreds
May 25th - Constitutional convention opens at Phila, G Washington presiding
May 29th - "Virginia Plan" proposed
Jun 12th - US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old
Jun 20th - Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
Philosopher and Writer Marquis de SadePhilosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade Jul 2nd - Marquis de Sade shouts from Bastille that prisoners are being slaughtered
Jul 6th - French government proclaims end to stamp/land tax
Jul 6th - Orange troops occupy Area at Duurstede
Jul 13th - Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)
Jul 13th - Ord of 1787-a territory can become 3 to 5 states at 60,000 pop
Jul 15th - Parliament of Paris banished to Troyes
Aug 2nd - Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc
Aug 6th - Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate
Aug 10th - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
Aug 10th - Turkey declares war on Russia
Aug 17th - Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
Aug 22nd - John Fitch's steamboat completes its tests, years before Fulton
Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus MozartClassical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart Aug 24th - Wolfgang A Mozart completes his viola sonata in A, K526
Sep 12th - American statesman George Mason suggests the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated
Sep 13th - Prussian army moves into Netherlands
Sep 15th - -16] Utrecht patriots flee to Amsterdam
Sep 17th - Prussian troops conquer Gorinchem
Sep 17th - US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
Sep 20th - Prince Willem V returns to Hague
Sep 27th - Constitution submitted to states for ratification
Sep 28th - Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval
Sep 30th - 1st US voyage around the world - Columbia leaves Boston
Oct 1st - Russians under Suvorov defeat the Turks at Kinburn.
Oct 2nd - Maagden House opens in Amsterdam
American Statesman George MasonAmerican Statesman George Mason Oct 10th - Amsterdam surrenders to Prussian invasion army
Oct 17th - Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
Oct 26th - "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution
Oct 27th - Federalist letters start appearing in New York newspapers
Oct 29th - Opera "Don Giovanni" is produced (Prague)
Nov 1st - First free school in NYC (African Free School) opens
Nov 18th - First Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston
Nov 21st - Andrew Jackson admitted to bar
Nov 30th - Spanish governor leaves Philippines
Dec 6th - Laurens Pieter van de Speigel appointed Dutch pension advisor
Dec 7th - Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
Dec 12th - Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution
Dec 18th - New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify US constitution

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 44 of 44

Jan 5th - John Burke, Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage)
Jan 8th - Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer
Jan 13th - John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
Feb 13th - James P Carrell, composer
Feb 16th - Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer
Feb 23rd - Emma Willard, US, opens school for young ladies (Hall of Fame)
Mar 6th - Joseph von Fraunhofer, Germany, physicist (studied Sun's spectrum)
Mar 8th - Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery
Surgeon Karl Ferdinand von GraefeSurgeon Karl Ferdinand von Graefe (Mar 8th) Mar 10th - William Etty, English painter (nudes)
Mar 11th - Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)
Mar 16th - Georg Simon Ohm, Erlangen, Brandenburg-Bayreuth, German physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
Mar 17th - George Simon Ohm, physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
Apr 13th - John Robertson, U.S. politician (d. 1873)
Apr 19th - Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary (d. 1837)
Apr 26th - Ludwig Uhland, writer
May 7th - Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, first mayor of Montreal (d. 1858)
Jun 4th - Constant Prévost, French geologist (d. 1856)
Jun 27th - Thomas Say, USA, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 28th - Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces
Jun 28th - Sir Henry George Wakelyn (Harry) Smith, Wittlesea England, governor at the Cape Colony
Aug 15th - Alexander Aliabiev, composer
Aug 24th - James Weddell, Ostend England, Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea)
Sep 1st - John Bake, classical composer
Sep 5th - François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist (d. 1850)
Sep 10th - John Jordan Crittenden, MC (Union), (d. 1863)
Sep 18th - Johann D Passavant, German historian/painter/graphic artist
Oct 4th - Francois P G Guizot, French historian/politician
Oct 30th - Karl Guhr, composer
Nov 4th - Edmund Kean, England, actor (Edmund Kean's Masonic Career)
Nov 17th - Michele Carafa, composer
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner TruthAbolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth (Nov 18th) Nov 18th - Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], Swartekill, New York, US abolitionist/feminist
Nov 18th - Louis-Jacques Daguerre, Cormeilles-en-Parisis France, inventor and photographer (d. 1851)
Nov 21st - Samuel Cunard, founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
Nov 25th - Franz Xaver Gruber, Austria, organist/composer ("Silent Night")
Nov 27th - Christian Rummel, composer
Nov 27th - Jacob earl van Rechteren van Appeltern, governor of Gelderland
Dec 1st - Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer
Dec 9th - John Dobson, English architect (d. 1865)
Dec 10th - Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Phila, pioneer of educating the deaf
Dec 14th - Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1816)
Dec 15th - Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor/Shakespearean critic
Dec 16th - Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques DaguerrePhotographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre (Nov 18th) Dec 22nd - Rasmus Rask, Denmark, language scholar
Dec 28th - Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

British Naval Officer Horatio NelsonBritish Naval Officer Horatio Nelson (Mar 11th) Mar 11th - Naval officer Horatio Nelson (28) weds Frances Nisbet at Montpelier Estate on the island of Nevis

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 22 of 22

Jan 1st - Arthur Middleton, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 44
Feb 12th - Ruggiero Boscovich, Ital physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75
Feb 13th - Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
Feb 13th - Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (b. 1717)
Mar 2nd - Jean SOME Allamand, French theologist/natural philosopher, dies at 73
Mar 11th - Maximilian JLP Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer, dies at 45
Apr 1st - Floyer Sydenham, English classical scholar (b. 1710)
Apr 2nd - Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)
May 10th - William Watson, English physician and scientist (b. 1715)
May 13th - Johann Michael Malzat, composer, dies at 38
May 28th - Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, dies at 67
Jun 20th - Carl Friedrich Abel, German/British viola player/composer, dies at 63
Jul 4th - Charles, prince de Rohan-Soubise, marshal of France, dies at 71
Aug 1st - Alfonsus M de' Liguori, Italian theologist/bishop/saint, dies at 90
Aug 13th - Isaac de Pinto, merchant/lender/Dutch States-general, dies
Oct 5th - Thomas Stone, US attorney/signer (Dec of Ind), dies at about 44
Oct 7th - Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church (b. 1711)
Oct 30th - Ferdinando Galiani, Italian economist/philosopher/diplomat, dies at 58
Nov 3rd - Robert Lowth, British bishop and grammarian (b. 1710)
Nov 15th - Christoph W Ritter von Gluck, composer (Iphigénie Tauride), dies at 73
Nov 23rd - Anton Schweitzer, composer, dies at 52
Dec 18th - Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)

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