Historical Events in 1798

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  • Jan 1st Russia appoints 1st Jewish censor to censor Hebrew books
  • Jan 8th 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed
  • Jan 22nd Coup d'état, Batavian Republic
  • Jan 30th Rep Matthew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument
  • Feb 2nd Federal St Theater, Boston, becomes 1st in US destroyed by fire
  • Feb 10th Louis Alexandre Berthier invaded Rome, on February 15 proclaimed a Roman Republic and then on February 20 take Pope Pius VI as a prisoner.
  • Feb 20th Louis Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.
  • Mar 4th Catholic women force to do penance for kindling sabbath fire for Jews
  • Mar 7th The French army enters Rome: the birth of the Roman Republic.
  • Mar 9th Dr George Balfour becomes 1st naval surgeon in the US navy
  • Mar 29th Republic of Switzerland forms
  • Apr 7th Mississippi Territory organized
  • Apr 23rd Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
  • Apr 30th US Department of the Navy forms
  • May 24th Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
  • May 26th British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
  • May 27th The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.
  • Jun 5th The Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated.
  • Jun 7th Jews of Pesaro Italy fast commemorating murder of Jews
  • Jun 7th Thomas Malthus publishes the first edition of his influential 'Essay on the Principle of Population' (date of the unsigned preface)
  • Jun 13th Mission San Luis Rey de Francia founded in California
  • Jun 25th US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1st Napoleon's fleet reaches Alexandria Egypt

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jul 6th US law makes aliens "liable to be apprehended, restrained, ... & removed as alien enemies"
  • Jul 7th Quasi-War: the U.S. Congress rescinds treaties with France sparking the 'war.'
  • Jul 11th US Marine Corps established by an act of Congress
  • Jul 14th 1st direct US federal tax on states-on dwellings, land & slaves
  • Jul 14th US Sedition Act prohibits "false, scandalous & malicious" writing against government
  • Jul 16th US Public Health Service forms & US Marine Hospital authorized
  • Jul 21st Napoleon Bonaparte wins Battle of Pyramids in Egypt
  • Jul 23rd Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt
  • Aug 1st Battle of Abukir on the Nile-Nelson defeats French fleet

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 2nd British under Admiral Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
  • Aug 22nd French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone's United Irishmen's Irish Rebellion.
  • Aug 27th Battle of Castlebar, Ireland: French army and Irish rebels rout a larger the British force
  • Sep 1st Britain signs treaty with Nizam of Hyderabad, India
  • Sep 2nd First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia
  • Sep 3rd Weeklong battle of St. George's Caye began between Spanish and British off the coast of Belize.
  • Sep 5th New conscription law goes into effect in France
  • Sep 10th British Honduras beats Spain in battle of St George
  • Oct 12th Flemish uprising against French occupied Boerenkrijg
  • Oct 12th Friedrich von Schiller's "Wallensteins Lager" premieres in Weimar
  • Nov 16th Kentucky becomes first state to nullify an act of Congress
  • Nov 17th -21) Snow storms in New England, hundreds die
  • Nov 27th Rabbi Shneur Zalman, author (Tanya), released from St Petersburg jail
  • Dec 4th Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt
  • Dec 5th Dutch troops occupy Hasselt
  • Dec 14th David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine
  • Dec 17th 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins
  • Dec 24th Russia & Britain sign Second anti-French Coalition