Historical Events in 1790

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Jan 8 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Jan 11 Statisten & Vonckisten unite as Belgium

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Jan 26 Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • Jan 30 Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor
  • Feb 1 US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • Feb 11 Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
  • Mar 1 1st US census authorized
  • Mar 4 France is divided into 83 départements, which cut across the former provinces in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on noble ownership of land.
  • Mar 13 John Martin, 1st American-born actor, performs in Philadelphia

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Mar 22 Thomas Jefferson becomes the 1st US Secretary of State under President Washington

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • Mar 26 US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency
  • Mar 27 The modern shoelace (string and shoe holes) invented in England
  • Apr 3 Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard) created
  • Apr 10 US Patent system forms
  • Apr 30 Colonial troops occupy Bonni's marroon village
  • May 26 Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress

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May 29 Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution

  • May 31 US copyright law enacted
  • May 31 Alferez Manuel Quimper explores the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • Jun 9 1st book copyrighted under constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book"
  • Jul 9 Russo-Swedish War: Second Battle of Svensksund - in the Baltic Sea, the Swedish Navy captures one third of the Russian fleet.
  • Jul 16 US Congress establishes District of Columbia
  • Jul 26 US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts
  • Jul 28 Henry James Pye appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III
  • Jul 31 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process
  • Aug 2 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves
  • Aug 4 US Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service
  • Aug 9 Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe
  • Aug 14 Sweden & Russia sign Peace of Verela
  • Oct 23 Slaves revolt in Haiti (later suppressed)
  • Oct 28 New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000
  • Nov 11 Chrysanthemums are introduced to England from China
  • Dec 2 Austrian army occupies Brussels
  • Dec 6 The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Dec 17 Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
  • Dec 20 1st successful US cotton mill to spin yarn (Pawtucket, RI)
  • Dec 22 The supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787–1792)