On This Day

Historical Events in March 1790

  • Mar 1 1st US census authorized
  • Mar 4 France is divided into 83 d├ępartements, which cut across the former provinces in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on noble ownership of land
  • Mar 12 French Revolution: The National Assembly issues a decree allowing for the sale of church land by French municipalities
  • Mar 13 John Martin, 1st American-born actor, performs in Philadelphia

Historic Event

Mar 22 Thomas Jefferson becomes the 1st US Secretary of State under President Washington

  • Mar 26 US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency
  • Mar 27 The modern shoelace with an aglet patented in England by Harvey Kennedy