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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

AgreementConstitution 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 population
  • Jul 15th Parliament of Paris banished to Troyes
  • Aug 2nd Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc
  • Aug 6th Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia 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 violin and paino 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