Historical Events in 1798

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Napoleon's fleet reaches Alexandria Egypt

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

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 1 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson attacks and decimates the French fleet at Aboukir Bay off the Nile Delta, Egypt

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
  • Aug 2 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson further decimates the French fleet
  • Aug 3 Battle of the Nile: British Admiral Horatio Nelson forces the remnants of the French fleet to surrender, concluding a decisive victory for the British who capture or destroy 11 French ships of the line and 2 frigates
  • Aug 22 French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone's United Irishmen's Irish Rebellion.
  • Aug 27 Battle of Castlebar, Ireland: French army and Irish rebels rout a larger the British force
  • Sep 1 Britain signs treaty with Nizam of Hyderabad, India
  • Sep 2 First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia
  • Sep 3 Battle of St. George's Caye: Week long battle begins between the Spanish Empire and Great Britain off the coast of Belize
  • Sep 5 New conscription law goes into effect in France
  • Sep 10 British Honduras beats Spain in battle of St George
  • Oct 12 Flemish uprising against French occupied Boerenkrijg
  • Oct 12 Friedrich von Schiller's "Wallensteins Lager" premieres in Weimar
  • Nov 16 Kentucky becomes first state to nullify an act of Congress
  • Nov 17 -21) Snow storms in New England, hundreds die
  • Nov 27 Rabbi Shneur Zalman, author (Tanya), released from St Petersburg jail
  • Dec 4 Rebellious Flemish farmers occupy Hasselt
  • Dec 5 Dutch troops occupy Hasselt
  • Dec 14 David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine
  • Dec 17 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins
  • Dec 24 Russia & Britain sign Second anti-French Coalition