Historical Events in January 1788

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

Constitution of the United States

2nd Georgia is 4th state to ratify US constitution

  • 9th Connecticut becomes 5th state to ratify the US constitution
  • 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
  • 20th Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
  • 26th Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
  • 28th Lord Gordon found guilty of libel of queen of France