Historical Events for Year 1789

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Jan 21st - 1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy" is published
Jan 23rd - Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded
Jan 26th - John Odell signs contract for £336 to build St Peter's church (Bronx)
Feb 1st - Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
Feb 4th - 1st US electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President and Vice-President
Mar 2nd - Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
Mar 4th - 1st US Congress meets and declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 reps)
Mar 10th - Franklin College founded
Mar 11th - Benjamin Banneker with L'Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C.
Apr 1st - US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, F Muhlenberg 1st speaker
Apr 6th - 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United StatesPage one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States Apr 8th - First meeting of the US House of Representatives
First US President George WashingtonFirst US President George Washington Apr 16th - George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration
Apr 21st - John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington)
Apr 23rd - President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, NY
Apr 28th - Fletcher Christian leads mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh
Apr 30th - George Washington inaugurated as first president of the United States of America
May 5th - French Estates-General meets for the first time since 1614 at Versailles, summoned King Louis XVI
May 7th - First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)
May 12th - Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses
May 12th - William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in UK House of Commons, reasons the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice
Abolitionist William WilberforceAbolitionist William Wilberforce Jun 1st - 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths)
Jun 3rd - Alex Mackenzie explores Mackenzie River (Canada)
Jun 8th - James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jun 9th - Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver Island
Jun 13th - Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington
Jun 14th - Capt William Bligh reaches Timor
Jun 17th - 3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
Jun 20th - Oath of Tennis Court (for a new constitution) in France taken
Jul 4th - 1st US tariff act
Jul 14th - Bastille Day-French Revolution begins with the fall of Bastille
Jul 15th - Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, is named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.
4th US President James Madison4th US President James Madison Jul 27th - US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs (State dept)
Aug 1st - US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act
Aug 4th - French National Meeting ending feudal system
Aug 7th - US Congress creates Department of War & Lighthouse Service
Aug 27th - French National Assembly issues "Declaration of Rights of Man & Citizen"
Aug 28th - William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus
Sep 2nd - US Treasury Department established by Congress
Sep 11th - Alexander Hamilton appointed 1st Secretary of Treasury
Sep 13th - 1st loan to US government (from NYC banks)
Sep 15th - US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State
Sep 17th - William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn
Sep 18th - 1st loan is made to pay salaries of the presidents & Congress
Sep 22nd - Congress established the Postal Service, initially requiring the first Postmaster General to report to the President through the Secretary of the Treasury
Astronomer William HerschelAstronomer William Herschel Sep 24th - US Congress establishes Post Office Department following the new constitution
Sep 24th - US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court
Sep 24th - President George Washington nominates John Jay the 1st Chief Justice
Sep 24th - US Attorney General Office is created
Sep 25th - US Congress proposes Bill of Rights (10 of 12 will ratify)
Sep 26th - 4th US Postmaster General: Samuel Osgood of Mass takes office
Sep 26th - Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Secretary of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice;
Sep 26th - Edmund J Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General
Sep 29th - 1st congress adjourns
Sep 29th - US War Dept established a regular army
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson3rd US President Thomas Jefferson Oct 2nd - George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
Oct 3rd - Washington proclaims 1st national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26
Oct 5th - French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.
Oct 6th - French Revolution: Louis XVI returns to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women on 5 October
Oct 15th - 1st presidental tour-George Washington in New England
Nov 5th - Fleeing slaves under Bonni attack military post on Suriname
Nov 5th - French National Meeting declares all citizens equal under law
Nov 6th - Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
Nov 8th - Bourbon Whiskey, 1st distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon Ky)
Nov 13th - Ben Franklin writes "Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes"
Nov 20th - New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights
Nov 21st - North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state
Nov 26th - 1st national Thanksgiving in USA

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