Events in year of 1788

  • 01-01Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves
  • 01-02Georgia is 4th state to ratify US constitution
  • 01-09Connecticut becomes 5th state
  • 01-20Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Georgia
  • 01-26Captain Arthur Phillip hoists English flag on Botany Bay, New South Wales
  • 01-28Captain Arthur Phillip forms English colony at Sydney, Botany Bay, New South Wales
  • 01-28Lord Gordon found guilty of libel of Queen of France
  • 01-29Australia Day
  • 02-011st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs and Longstreet
  • 02-06Mass becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
  • 02-09Austria declares war on Russia
  • 03-21Fire destroyed 856 buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 03-21Gustavus Vassa petitions Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans
  • 04-071st settlement in Ohio, at Marietta
  • 04-15England, Netherlands and Prussia sign peace treaty
  • 04-28Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify constitution
  • 05-09English parliament accepts abolishing of slave trade
  • 05-23SC becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution
  • 06-07Masses stone French government army at Grenoble
  • 06-111st British ship built on Pacific coast begun at Nootka Sound, BC
  • 06-21US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify
  • 06-21Vizille France population demands local parliament
  • 06-25Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution
  • 07-17Russian fleet destroys Swedish
  • 07-26New York becomes 11th state to ratify constitution
  • 07-26Sydney, Australia settled by British colonists
  • 08-08King Louis XVI calls French States and Generals together
  • 08-13Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90
  • 08-17Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati) founded
  • 08-22Sierra Leone, settled by British as a former haven for slaves

People born in year of 1788

  • 01-05Kaspar Ett: German Organist / composer
  • 01-08Erik Drake: Composer
  • 01-13Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz: Composer
  • 01-22Lord [George Gordon Noel] Byron: England, United Kingdom -- Romantic poet (Don Juan)
  • 02-05Karoly Kisfaludy: Hungarian literary (A Tat rok Magyarorsz gon)
  • 02-10Johann Peter Pixis: Composer
  • 02-16Juan van Halen: Dutch / Spanish officer / adventurer
  • 02-22Arthur Schopenhauer: Germany -- Philosopher (Great Pessimist)
  • 02-25Mateo Ferrer: Composer
  • 03-01Gheorghe Asachi: Romania -- Writer / humanist / politician
  • 03-10Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff: German poet (Das Marmorbild)
  • 04-05Franz Pforr: German painter / cartoonist (Lukasbund)
  • 04-12Johann Erik Nordblom: Composer
  • 04-17Joseph Gilbert Totten: Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1864
  • 05-10Augustin-Jean Fresnel: Optics pioneer / physicist
  • 05-18Hugh Clapperton: Annan, Scotland -- African explorer
  • 07-01Jean-Victor Poncelet: Mathematician, founded projective geometry
  • 08-15Carel SW van Hogendorp: Dutch colonial director
  • 08-20Jose Bernardo Alcedo: Composer
  • 08-22Thomas Tredgold: Engineer / carpenter
  • 08-25Cornelis J van Assen: Dutch jurist (Language of the Constitution)
  • 08-26Aloys Schmitt: German music theory / composer / royal pianist
  • 09-06F Wilhelm von Schadow: German painter (Modern Vasari)
  • 09-12Alexander Campbell: Irish / US founder (Disciples of Christ)
  • 09-21Margaret Smith Taylor: 1st lady (1849-50)
  • 10-11Simon Sechter: Composer
  • 10-20Philip Knapton: Composer
  • 10-24Sarah Josepha Hale: Author (Mary Had a Little Lamb)
  • 11-11Michal Wielhorski: Composer
  • 12-18Camille Pleyel: Austria -- Piano builder / composer

People died in year of 1788

  • 01-15Gaetano Latilla: Composer, dies at 77
  • 01-17Alessio Prati: Composer, dies at 37
  • 01-31[Bonnie Prince] Charles E Stuart: English pretender, dies at 67
  • 01-31Charles E Stuart: English pretender to the throne, dies at 67
  • 01-31Francesco Zannetti: Composer, dies at 50
  • 02-20Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck: Dutch regent (Utrecht), dies at 68
  • 02-22Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel: Composer, dies at 63
  • 03-01Orazio Mei: Composer, dies at 56
  • 04-12Carl Joseph Toeschi: Composer, dies at 56
  • 04-12Carlo Antonio Campioni: Composer, dies at 67
  • 04-15Giuseppi Bonno: Composer, dies at 77
  • 04-22Zacharias H Alewijn: Dutch poet, dies at 46
  • 05-29Jacques Aliamet: French etcher / engraver, dies at 61
  • 06-12Johann A Cramer: Prime Minister / poet, dies at 65
  • 06-28Johann Christoph Vogel: Composer, dies at 32
  • 07-14Johann Gottfried Muthel: Composer, dies at 60
  • 08-02Thomas Gainsborough: English Painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61
  • 08-08Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu: French marshal, dies at 92
  • 08-14Thomas Sheridan: Actor / biographer / lexicographer (Intelligencer)
  • 09-14John Penn: US attorney, signed (Declaration of Independence), dies at 47
  • 09-14Theodore-Jean Tarade: Composer, dies at 56
  • 09-26Francois Bainville: Composer, dies at 63
  • 10-18Jean-Guillain Cardon: Composer, dies at 56
  • 11-01Johann Samuel Schroeter: Composer
  • 11-15Peregrinus Pogl: Composer, dies at 77
  • 11-28Charles C of Nassau-Weilburg: Governor of Maastricht, dies at about 53
  • 12-12Joseph Gibbs: Composer, dies at 88
  • 12-14Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach: German composer, dies at 74
  • 12-14Carlos III: King of Naples / Spain (1759-88), dies at 72
  • 12-25John Logan: Scottish conductor (Ode to the Cuckoo), dies at about 40

Events in year of 1789

  • 01-23Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded
  • 02-01Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
  • 02-041st electoral college chooses Washington and Adams as President and VP
  • 03-02Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • 03-041st Congress declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 reps)
  • 04-01House of Reps 1st full meeting, NYC, F Muhlenberg 1st speaker
  • 04-061st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, New York City
  • 04-08House of Representives 1st meeting
  • 04-16George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration
  • 04-21John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington)
  • 04-23President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York
  • 04-28Fletcher Christian leads Mutiny on HMS Bounty and Captain William Bligh
  • 04-30George Washington inaugurated as 1st President of US
  • 05-05French States-General for It first since 1614 together
  • 05-071st inaugurational ball (for George Washington in NYC)
  • 05-12Society of St. Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses
  • 06-011st US Congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths)
  • 06-03Alex Mackenzie explores Mackenzie River (Canada)
  • 06-04US constitution goes into effect
  • 06-09Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver I
  • 06-13Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington
  • 06-14Captain William Blighs reaches Timor
  • 06-173rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly
  • 06-20Oath of Tennis Court (for a new constitution) in France taken
  • 07-041st US tariff act
  • 07-11US Marine Corps created by an act of Congress
  • 07-14Bastille Day-French Revolution begins with the fall of Bastille
  • 07-27Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs (State Department)
  • 08-01US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act
  • 08-04French National Meeting ending feudal system

People born in year of 1789

  • 01-03Carl G Carus: German Physician / psychologist / philosopher
  • 01-04Benjamin Lundy: Philanthropist / abolitionist
  • 01-30George Augustus Kollmann: Composer
  • 02-08Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer: Composer
  • 02-15Friedrich Fesca: Composer
  • 03-04Pavel P Gagarin: Russ monarch
  • 03-17Edmund Kean: London, England -- Tragic actor (Shylock)
  • 05-28Bernard S Ingemann: Danish author (Tomorrow - OG Aftensange)
  • 06-27Philipp Friedrich Silcher: Composer
  • 06-30E J Horace Vernet: French painter
  • 07-19John Martin: English painter
  • 08-21Augustin-Louis Baron Cauchy: French mathematician
  • 09-01Franz Anton Adam Stockhausen: Composer
  • 09-03Ludvig Anton Edmund Passy: Composer
  • 09-09William Cranch Bond: United States -- Astronomer (codiscovered Hyperion)
  • 09-15James Fenimore Cooper: 1st major US Novelist (Last of Mohicans)
  • 10-03Francis Hoyt Gregory: Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1866
  • 10-14Constant van Crombrugghe: Flemish monastery founder
  • 10-18Giovanni Tadolini: Composer
  • 10-24Jean C Baud: Governor-General of Dutch-Indies (1834-6)
  • 10-24Ramon Carnicer y Batlle: Composer
  • 10-26Joseph Mayseder: Composer
  • 11-13Martin de Ron: Composer
  • 12-08John Fawcett: Composer
  • 12-14Maria Agata Szymanowska: Composer

People died in year of 1789

  • 01-01Christleib Siegmund Binder: Composer, dies at 65
  • 01-02Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer von Schavensee: Composer, dies at 68
  • 01-10Pierre Lyonet: Dutch zoologist / cryptologist, dies at 82
  • 01-20Johann Christoph Oley: Composer, dies at 50
  • 02-02Armand-Louis Couperin: French Composer / Organist (Notre Dame), dies at 63
  • 04-07Peter Camper: Anatomist / animal scholar, dies at 66
  • 04-26Peter I Panin: Russian General (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at about 67
  • 05-10Guillaume Gommaire Kennis: Composer, dies at 72
  • 06-07Vaclav Jan Kopriva: Composer, dies at 81
  • 06-12Jean E Liotard [Turk]: Swiss Painter (Maria-Theresia)
  • 06-14Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Composer, dies at 61
  • 07-04Claudio M da Costa: Brazilian conductor, dies at 59
  • 07-15Jacques Duphly: Composer, dies at 74
  • 08-25Mary Ball Washington: Mother of George
  • 09-11Luca Sorkocevic: Composer, dies at 55
  • 09-12Franz Xaver Richter: Composer, dies at 79
  • 09-28Thomas Day: Author, killed by fall from a horse at Wargrave Berkshire
  • 10-10Pierre-Louis Couperin: Composer, dies at 34
  • 10-24Joaquin de Oxinaga: Composer, dies at 69
  • 10-24Lucretia W van Winter-van Merken: Dutch poet, dies at 68
  • 12-03Claude-Joseph Vernet: French seascape painter