Events in History in 1786

  • Feb 13 Abraham Baldwin selected president of University of Georgia

Appointment of Interest

Feb 24 Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India

  • Jun 8 Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr Hall in NYC)
  • Jun 10 A landslide dam on the Dadu River caused by earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China
  • Jun 29 Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario
  • Jul 29 1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pitts Gazette
  • Aug 8 Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard are 1st to climb to top of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe
  • Aug 8 US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the monetary unit for the United States of America
  • Aug 11 Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
  • Aug 29 Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising in Springfield and Worcester, Massachusetts, by citizens in opposition to the government's increased efforts to collect taxes on both individuals and their businesses
  • Sep 4 -5] William of Orange's troops plunder Netherlands towns of Hattem and Elburg
  • Sep 5 Montplaisir Ceramic factory opens in Schaarbeek Belgium
  • Sep 11 Annapolis Convention to determine interstate commerce
  • Sep 24 African American slave and poet Jupiter Hammon makes his "Address to the Negroes of the State of New York" speech advocating emancipation at meeting of African Society in NY
  • Sep 26 Britain & France sign trade agreement
  • Oct 15 Earliest 32°F (0°C) recorded temperature in NYC
  • Oct 20 Harvard University organizes 1st astronomical expedition in US

Historic Event

Nov 30 Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopold II promulgates a penal reform, making his the 1st state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 commemorated as Cities for Life Day.

  • Dec 29 French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convoked