On This Day

What Happened in 1788

Important Events

  • Jan 18 First elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
  • Jan 26 Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
  • Jun 21 US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it
  • Aug 13 Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90
  • Dec 17 Russian army of Grigory Potemkin occupies Ocharov
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World Leaders in 1788

Famous People in 1788

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, dies at 85
  • Jan 11 Fran├žois Joseph Paul de Grasse, French admiral (commanded the French fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake), dies at 64
  • Jan 14 Fran├žois Joseph Paul, marquis de Grasetilly, comte de Grasse, French admiral (b. 1722)
  • Jan 15 Gaetano Latilla, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 17 Alessio Prati, Italian composer, dies at 37
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