Historical Events in 1787

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Jan 11th Titania & Oberon, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Herschel

Astronomer William Herschel
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

Person-of-interestConstitution 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

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May 25th Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 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.

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Jul 2nd Marquis de Sade shouts from Bastille that prisoners are being slaughtered

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 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

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Aug 10th Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • Aug 16th Turkey declares war on Russia (Russo-Turkish War 1787-92)
  • 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
  • Aug 24th Wolfgang A Mozart completes his viola sonata in A, K526

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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

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason
  • 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 US 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
  • 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

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Nov 21st Andrew Jackson admitted to the bar

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • Nov 30th Spanish governor leaves the Philippines
  • Dec 6th Laurens Pieter van de Speigel appointed Dutch pension advisor
  • Dec 7th Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify the US constitution
  • Dec 12th Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution
  • Dec 18th New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify US constitution