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

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • Jan 25 Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass
  • Jan 28 Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes
  • Feb 2 Arthur St. Clair is elected the 9th President of the President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
  • Feb 4 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
  • Feb 4 Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
  • Feb 18 Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor
  • Feb 28 The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted.
  • Apr 12 Philadelphia's Free African Society forms
  • Apr 16 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC
  • May 6 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • May 10 British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal
  • May 13 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia

AgreementConstitution of the United States

May 14 Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution

  • May 17 English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes killing hundreds

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May 25 Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • May 29 "Virginia Plan" proposed
  • Jun 12 US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old
  • Jun 20 Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.

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

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • Jul 6 French government proclaims end to stamp/land tax
  • Jul 6 Orange troops occupy Area at Duurstede
  • Jul 13 Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)
  • Jul 13 Ord of 1787-a territory can become 3 to 5 states at 60,000 population
  • Jul 15 Parliament of Paris banished to Troyes
  • Aug 2 Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc
  • Aug 6 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate on the first draft of the Constitution

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Aug 10 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 16 Turkey declares war on Russia (Russo-Turkish War 1787-92)
  • Aug 17 Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
  • Aug 22 John Fitch's steamboat completes its tests, years before Fulton
  • Aug 24 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his violin and piano sonata in A, K526

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Sep 12 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 13 Prussian army moves into Netherlands
  • Sep 15 -16] Utrecht patriots flee to Amsterdam
  • Sep 17 Prussian troops conquer Gorinchem
  • Sep 17 US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
  • Sep 20 Prince Willem V returns to Hague
  • Sep 27 Constitution submitted to US states for ratification
  • Sep 28 Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval
  • Sep 30 1st US voyage around the world - Columbia leaves Boston
  • Oct 1 Russians under Suvorov defeat the Turks at Kinburn.
  • Oct 2 Maagden House opens in Amsterdam
  • Oct 10 Amsterdam surrenders to Prussian invasion army
  • Oct 17 Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
  • Oct 26 "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution
  • Oct 27 Federalist letters start appearing in New York newspapers
  • Oct 29 Opera "Don Giovanni" is produced (Prague)
  • Nov 1 First free school in NYC (African Free School) opens
  • Nov 18 First Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston

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Nov 21 Andrew Jackson admitted to the bar

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