What Happened in 1789

Significant Events

  • Feb 4 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President
  • Apr 6 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC
  • Apr 28 Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh
  • Apr 30 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America
  • May 12 William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in the UK House of Commons, reasoning the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice
  • Jun 8 James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the US House of Representatives
  • Jun 20 Tennis Court Oath (for a new constitution) in France made at Versailles
  • Jul 14 Bastille Day - the French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille Prison
  • Jul 27 US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department
  • Sep 24 US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court
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