Events in History in 1790

  • Jan 7 French Revolution: A major riot breaks out in Versailles as people demand lower bread prices

Historic Event

Jan 8 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

  • Jan 11 Statisten & Vonckisten unite as Belgium
  • Jan 30 Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor
  • Feb 1 US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • Feb 11 Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
  • Mar 1 1st US census authorized
  • Mar 4 France is divided into 83 départements, 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

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
  • Apr 10 US Patent system forms
  • Apr 30 Colonial troops occupy Bonni's marroon village
  • May 26 Territory South of River Ohio created by US Congress

Constitution of the United States

May 29 Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution

  • May 31 Alferez Manuel Quimper explores the Strait of Juan de Fuca (now the international border between Canada and the US)
  • May 31 US copyright law enacted
  • Jun 9 1st book copyrighted under constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book"
  • Jun 19 French Revolution: The National Assembly issues a decree abolishing the titles, orders and other privileges of the French nobility
  • Jul 9 Russo-Swedish War: Second Battle of Svensksund - in the Baltic Sea, the Swedish Navy captures one third of the Russian fleet
  • Jul 12 French Revolution: The Civil Constitution of the Clergy is adopted, putting the Catholic Church in France under the control of the state

French Revolution

Jul 14 The Fête de la Fédération, attended by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, is held across France on the first anniversary of the French Revolution

  • Jul 16 Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States
  • Jul 26 US Congress passes the Funding Act of 1790 making the federal government responsible for debts incurred by the states

Appointment of Interest

Jul 28 Henry James Pye appointed as British Poet Laureate by King George III

  • Jul 31 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process
  • Aug 2 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves
  • Aug 4 United States Revenue Cutter Service is established to serve as an armed customs enforcement service (becoming the US Coast Guard in 1915)
  • Aug 9 Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe
  • Aug 14 Sweden & Russia sign Peace of Verela

Historic Event

Oct 18 Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling is granted permission to enroll at the Tübinger Stift at an earlier age than usually permitted

  • Oct 23 Slaves revolt in Haiti (later suppressed)
  • Oct 28 New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000
  • Nov 11 Chrysanthemums are introduced to England from China
  • Dec 2 Austrian army occupies Brussels
  • Dec 6 The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Dec 17 Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City

Historic Event

Dec 20 1st successful US cotton mill begins spinning yarn in Pawtucket, Rhode Island built by Samuel Slater based on Richard Arkwright's design

  • Dec 22 Supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787–92)