Historical Events in 1788

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  • Jan 1st London's Daily Universal Registrar becomes the Times
  • Jan 1st Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves

AgreementConstitution of the United States

Jan 2nd Georgia is 4th state to ratify US constitution

  • Jan 9th Connecticut becomes 5th state to ratify the US constitution
  • Jan 18th The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
  • Jan 20th Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
  • Jan 26th Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
  • Jan 28th Lord Gordon found guilty of libel of queen of France
  • Feb 1st 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet
  • Feb 6th Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
  • Feb 9th Austria declares war on Russia
  • Mar 6th The First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island in order to found a convict settlement.
  • Mar 21st Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana
  • Mar 21st Olaudah Equiano (aka Gustavus Vassa), a freed slave, petitions King George III and Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans
  • Apr 7th 1st settlement in Ohio, at Marietta
  • Apr 15th Britain, Netherlands & Prussia sign peace treaty
  • Apr 28th Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify US constitution
  • May 9th British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade
  • May 23rd South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution
  • Jun 7th Masses stone French army at Grenoble
  • Jun 11th 1st British ship built on Pacific coast begun at Nootka Sound, BC
  • Jun 11th Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17th After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams
  • Jun 21st US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify
  • Jun 21st Vizille France population demands local parliament
  • Jun 25th Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution
  • Jul 26th New York becomes 11th state to ratify US constitution
  • Aug 8th King Louis XVI calls French States & Generals together
  • Aug 13th Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90
  • Aug 17th Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati) founded
  • Aug 22nd Sierra Leone settled by British as a haven for former slaves
  • Aug 27th Jacques Neeker named as French minister of Finance
  • Sep 13th NY City becomes 1st capital of US
  • Dec 17th Russian army of Grigory Potemkin occupies Ocharov
  • Dec 19th Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam
  • Dec 21st Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
  • Dec 23rd Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia