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What Happened in 1789

Important Events in 1789

  • Apr 4 1st US Congress begins regular sessions during George Washington's presidency at Federal Hall, NYC (ending 1791)
  • Apr 28 Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh in the South Pacific
  • Apr 30 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America
  • May 12 William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in the UK House of Commons, reasoning the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice
  • Jun 8 James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the US House of Representatives
  • Jun 17 French Revolution: During the meeting of the Estates-General, the Third Estate proclaims itself the 'National Assembly'
  • Jun 20 Tennis Court Oath (for a new constitution) in France made at Versailles
  • Jul 14 Bastille Day - the French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille Prison
  • Jul 27 US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department
  • Aug 27 French National Assembly issues the "Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen"
  • Sep 24 US Federal Judiciary Act passes, creating a six-person Supreme Court
  • Sep 25 US Congress proposes the Bill of Rights
  • Oct 2 George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification
  • Oct 5 French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris
  • Nov 13 Benjamin Franklin writes "Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes"
  • Nov 26 1st national Thanksgiving in America

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