On This Day

What Happened in 1785

Important Events

  • Jan 13 John Walter publishes 1st issue of "The Times" of London
  • May 23 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
  • 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
More Historical Events

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

World Leaders in 1785

Famous People in 1785

Would You Believe?

Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)

On September 28, 1785