On This Day

What Happened in 1785

Historical Events

  • Jul 4 James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Jul 6 US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the "dollar" and adopts decimal coinage
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1785 in Music

  • Sep 1 Mozart publishes 6th string quartet opus 10 in Vienna

Did You Know?

2 French balloonists die in world's 1st fatal aviation accident

On June 15, 1785

Would You Believe?

Napoléon Bonaparte, aged 16, graduates from the elite École Militaire in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)

On September 28, 1785