On This Day

What Happened in 1786

Important Events

  • Jun 10 A landslide dam on the Dadu River caused by earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China
  • Aug 8 US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the monetary unit for the United States of America
  • Nov 30 Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopold II promulgates a penal reform, making his the 1st state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 commemorated as Cities for Life Day.

More Historical Events

1786 in Music

  • May 1 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Vienna with Mozart himself directing
  • Nov 7 The oldest musical organization in the United States is founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.


World Leaders in 1786

Famous People in 1786