Events in year of 1785

  • 01-01"Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue
  • 01-071st balloon flight across English Channel (Blanchard & Jeffries)
  • 01-11Continental Congress convenes in New York City
  • 01-13John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times
  • 01-14Mozart completes "Dissonantenkwartet" (opus 10)
  • 01-15Mozarts string quartet opus 10 premieres
  • 01-20Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers
  • 01-271st US state university chartered - Athens, Georgia
  • 03-01Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture organized
  • 04-21Russian tsarina Catharina II ends noble privileges
  • 05-09British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
  • 05-23Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
  • 07-06Congress resolves US currency named "dollar" andadopts decimal coinage
  • 07-121st manned flight by gas balloon in the Netherlands
  • 08-01Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet
  • 08-15French Cardinal De Rohan arrested
  • 09-01Mozart publishes 6 string quartet opus 10 in Vienna
  • 09-10Prussia signs trade agreement with US
  • 09-28Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)
  • 09-29Chasidic sect is excommunicated in Cracow Poland
  • 11-10Netherlands and France signs treaty
  • 11-17Church of England organizes in New England

People born in year of 1785

  • 01-04Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm: Germany -- Librarian (fairy tale collector)
  • 01-23Carl A Agardh: Sweden -- Botanist / Bishop of Karlstad
  • 02-15Claude Louis Marie Navier
  • 02-21Karl A Varnhagen von Ense: German officer / author (Die Sterner)
  • 03-06Karol Kazimierz Kurpinski: Composer
  • 03-07Alessandro Manzoni: Italy -- Poet / Novelist (Betrothed)
  • 03-19Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann: Composer
  • 03-27Louis XVII Charles: King of France (1793-95)
  • 04-01J H Ferdinand Olivier: German painter
  • 04-04Bettina Brentano: Composer
  • 04-04Bettina von Arnim: German writer (This Book Belongs to the King)
  • 04-09Sibrand Acker Stratingh: Dutch Physician / chemist (electric car 1835)
  • 04-19Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely: Composer
  • 05-06Arvir A Afzelius: Swedish story teller
  • 05-09James Pollard Espy: Pennsylvania, United States -- Meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms)
  • 07-06William J Hooker: English Botanist / director (Kew Gardens)
  • 07-20Mahmud II: Sultan of Turkey (1808-39) / Westernizer / Reformer
  • 08-15Thomas De Quincey: England, United Kingdom -- Writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater)
  • 08-19Seth Thomas: Pioneer in mass production of clocks
  • 08-20Oliver Hazard Perry: US Naval hero ("We have met the enemy")
  • 09-25George Frederic Pinto: Composer
  • 09-28David Walker: Wilmington, North Carolina -- Abolitionist (Appeal to Colored Citizens)
  • 10-15Jose Miguel Carrera: President of Chile (1811-14)
  • 10-18Thomas Love Peacock: English author (Headlong Hall)
  • 10-31George F Kersting: German painter
  • 11-02Frederic Kalkbrenner: Composer
  • 11-02Johann Leopold Fuchs: Composer
  • 11-08Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner: Composer
  • 11-21William Beaumont: Surgeon (studied digestion)
  • 11-23Joannes P Roothaan: 1st Dutch General of the Jesuits (1829-53)

People died in year of 1785

  • 01-06Haym Salomon: Dies in Philadelphia at 44, helped finance the revolution
  • 02-06Iman Willem Falck: Dutch Governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48
  • 02-19Johann Christoph Richter: Composer, dies at 84
  • 02-24Carlo Bonaparte: Corsican attorney, dies at 39
  • 04-26Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff: Composer, dies at 40
  • 04-30Frederick Philipse 3: Land owner (Bronx, Westch & Putnam), dies at 65
  • 05-08Pietro Longhi: Painter
  • 05-09Franz Xaver Schnitzer: Composer, dies at 44
  • 05-10Etienne Joseph Floquet: Composer, dies at 36
  • 05-15Karel Blazej Kopriva: Composer, dies at 29
  • 05-23William Woollett: Engraver
  • 06-05Gottfried August Homilius: Composer, dies at 71
  • 06-06Johann Michael Demmler: Composer, dies at 36
  • 06-25Pierre Talon: Composer, dies at 63
  • 06-25Pieter Kintsius: VOC-supercarga / chief on Macau, dies at 53
  • 06-27Egbert de Free Temminck: Amsterdam regent, dies at 84
  • 07-13Stephen Hopkins: US judge / signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 78
  • 08-14John William Fletcher: Evangelist
  • 08-17Jonathan Trumbull: US patriot
  • 08-21Jean B Pigalle: French Sculptor (Child with Pigeon)
  • 10-24Jean-Jacques Robson: Composer, dies at 64
  • 10-30Gustaf P Creutz: Swedish diplomat / Poet (Daphne), dies at 54
  • 11-19Bernard de Bury: Composer, dies at 65
  • 11-28William Whipple: Merchant / judge / signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 55
  • 12-08Antonio Maria Mazzoni: Composer, dies at 68
  • 12-29Johann Heinrich Rolle: Composer, dies at 69

Events in year of 1786

  • 02-13Abraham Baldwin selected President of University of Georgia
  • 02-24Charles Cornwallis appointed Governor-General of India
  • 06-08Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr Hall, NYC)
  • 07-291st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pittsburgh Gazette
  • 08-02Utrechtse Vroedschap flees
  • 08-08Congress adopts silver dollar and decimal system of money
  • 08-08Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard are 1st to climb to top of Mont Blanc
  • 09-05Montplaisir Ceramic factory opens in Schaarbeek Belgium
  • 09-11Annapolis Convention to determine interstate commerce
  • 09-26England and France sign trade agreement
  • 10-20Harvard University organizes 1st astronomical expedition in US

People born in year of 1786

  • 01-03Johann Christian Friedrich Schneider: Composer
  • 01-08Nicholas Biddle: Made 2nd bank of US 1st effective central bank
  • 01-26Benjamin Robert Haydon: Plymouth -- Painter (Waiting for The Times)
  • 02-28D Francois J Arago: French astronomer / physicist / politician
  • 03-25Giovanni B Amia: Italian astronomer / physicist / Botanist
  • 04-04John Franklin: British explorer (Arctic)
  • 04-07William Rufus DeVane King: (D) 13th VP (1853)
  • 04-18Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee: Composer
  • 05-08Thomas Hancock: Founded British rubber industry
  • 06-13Winfield Scott: Army General (Union) / presidential candidate
  • 07-25Giacomo Cordella: Composer
  • 08-01Louis C Luzac: Judge / Dutch Internal minister
  • 08-25[Charles] Louis I [Augustus]: King of Bavaria (Lola Montez)
  • 09-11Friedrich Kuhlau: Composer
  • 09-18Justinus AC Kerner: German family doctor / poet / writer
  • 09-27Jose Mariano Elizaga: Composer
  • 11-07Francisco Andrevi y Castellar: Composer
  • 11-10Carl Eberwein: Composer
  • 11-18Henry Rowley Bishop: British composer / conductor
  • 12-05Henry Drummond: English banker / apostole
  • 12-18Carl Maria von Weber: Germany -- Romantic composer (Der Freischutz)
  • 12-20Pietro Raimondi: Composer

People died in year of 1786

  • 01-04Mozes Mendelssohn: Jewish / German philosopher (Haksalah), dies at 56
  • 02-20Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht: Composer, dies at 70
  • 03-07Frantisek Benda: Composer, dies at 76
  • 03-11Jacobus Bellamy [Zelandus]: Dutch / Swiss poet, dies at 28
  • 03-23Patience Wright: 1st US woman pro artist
  • 04-20John Goodricke: English deaf and dumb astronomer, dies at 21
  • 04-23Alexander Cozens: English water colors painter, dies at about 68
  • 05-05Pedro III: King of Portugal
  • 05-19John Stanley: Composer, dies at 74
  • 05-21Carl W Scheele: Swedish pharmacist / chemist, dies at 43
  • 07-22Vaclav Kalous: Composer, dies at 71
  • 07-29Franz Asplmayr: Composer, dies at 58
  • 08-07Friedrich Schwindl: Composer, dies at 49
  • 08-16Henri-Jacques de Croes: Flemish Composer / bandmaster, dies at 80
  • 08-17Frederik II: King of Prussia (1740-86) / composer, dies at 74
  • 10-02August Keppel: 1st viscount / naval commander / politican
  • 10-06Antonio Maria Gasparo Giaccino Sacchini: Composer, dies at 56
  • 10-19Pietro Alessandro Pavona: Composer, dies at 58