On This Day

Historical Events in October 1789

Bill of Rights

Oct 2 George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification

  • Oct 3 Washington proclaims 1st national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26

Women's March on Versailles

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

French Revolution

Oct 6 French Revolution: Louis XVI returns to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women on 5 October

  • Oct 12 French Revolution: King Louis XVI writes secretly to the King of Spain about complaining of harsh treatment; the Count of Artois writes to the Austrian king requesting military intervention in France

Historic Event

Oct 15 1st US presidential tour by George Washington in New England

  • Oct 21 French Revolution: The National Assembly declares martial law in France to prevent uprisings