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What Happened in 1788

Important Events in 1788

  • 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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