Today in History for Year 1787

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 58 of 58

Jan 11th - Titania & Oberon, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Herschel
Jan 25th - Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass
Jan 28th - Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes
Feb 2nd - Arthur St. Clair is elected the 9th President of the President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
Feb 4th - 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
Feb 4th - Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
Feb 18th - Austrian emperor Jozef II bans children under 8 from labor
Feb 28th - The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted.
Apr 12th - Philadelphia's Free African Society forms
Apr 16th - 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC
May 6th - 1st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
May 10th - British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal
May 13th - Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
May 14th - Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
May 17th - English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes
May 25th - Constitutional convention opens at Phila, G Washington presiding
May 29th - "Virginia Plan" proposed
Jun 12th - US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old
Jun 20th - Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
Philosopher and Writer Marquis de SadePhilosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade Jul 2nd - Marquis de Sade shouts from Bastille that prisoners are being slaughtered
Jul 6th - French government proclaims end to stamp/land tax
Jul 6th - Orange troops occupy Area at Duurstede
Jul 13th - Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)
Jul 13th - Ord of 1787-a territory can become 3 to 5 states at 60,000 pop
Jul 15th - Parliament of Paris banished to Troyes
Aug 2nd - Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc
Aug 6th - Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate
Aug 10th - Mozart completes his "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
Aug 10th - Turkey declares war on Russia
Aug 17th - Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
Aug 19th - W Herschel discovers Enceladus, a moon of Saturn
Aug 22nd - John Fitch's steamboat completes its tests, years before Fulton
Aug 24th - Wolfgang A Mozart completes his viola sonata in A, K526
Sep 12th - Black Masons form 1st lodge
American Statesman George MasonAmerican Statesman George Mason Sep 12th - American statesman George Mason suggests the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated
Sep 13th - Prussian army moves into Netherlands
Sep 15th - -16] Utrecht patriots flee to Amsterdam
Sep 17th - Prussian troops conquer Gorinchem
Sep 17th - US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
Sep 20th - Prince Willem V returns to Hague
Sep 27th - Constitution submitted to states for ratification
Sep 28th - Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval
Sep 30th - 1st US voyage around the world - Columbia leaves Boston
Oct 1st - Russians under Suvorov defeat the Turks at Kinburn.
Oct 2nd - Maagden House opens in Amsterdam
Oct 10th - Amsterdam surrenders to Prussian invasion army
Oct 17th - Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
Oct 26th - "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of Constitution
Oct 27th - Federalist letters start appearing in NY newspapers
Oct 29th - Opera "Don Giovanni" is produced (Prague)
Nov 1st - 1st free school in NYC (African Free School) opens
Nov 18th - 1st Unitarian minister in US ordained, Boston
US President & General Andrew JacksonUS President & General Andrew Jackson Nov 21st - Andrew Jackson admitted to bar
Nov 30th - Spanish governor leaves Philippines
Dec 6th - Laurens Pieter van de Speigel appointed Dutch pension advisor
Dec 7th - Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
Dec 12th - Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution
Dec 18th - New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 44 of 44

Jan 5th - John Burke, Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage)
Jan 8th - Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer
Jan 13th - John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
Feb 13th - James P Carrell, composer
Feb 16th - Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer
Feb 23rd - Emma Willard, US, opens school for young ladies (Hall of Fame)
Mar 6th - Joseph von Fraunhofer, Germany, physicist (studied Sun's spectrum)
Surgeon Karl Ferdinand von GraefeSurgeon Karl Ferdinand von Graefe (Mar 8th) Mar 8th - Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery
Mar 10th - William Etty, English painter (nudes)
Mar 11th - Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)
Mar 16th - Georg Simon Ohm, Erlangen, Brandenburg-Bayreuth, German physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
Mar 17th - George Simon Ohm, physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
Apr 13th - John Robertson, U.S. politician (d. 1873)
Apr 19th - Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary (d. 1837)
Apr 26th - Ludwig Uhland, writer
May 7th - Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, first mayor of Montreal (d. 1858)
Jun 4th - Constant Prévost, French geologist (d. 1856)
Jun 27th - Thomas Say, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology
Jun 28th - Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces
Jun 28th - Sir Henry George Wakelyn (Harry) Smith, Wittlesea England, governor at the Cape Colony
Aug 15th - Alexander Aliabiev, composer
Aug 24th - James Weddell, Ostend England, Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea)
Sep 1st - John Bake, classical composer
Sep 5th - François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist (d. 1850)
Sep 10th - John Jordan Crittenden, MC (Union), died in 1863
Sep 18th - Johann D Passavant, German historian/painter/graphic artist
Oct 4th - Francois P G Guizot, French historian/politician
Oct 30th - Karl Guhr, composer
Nov 4th - Edmund Kean, England, actor (Edmund Kean's Masonic Career)
Nov 17th - Michele Carafa, composer
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner TruthAbolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth (Nov 18th) Nov 18th - Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], Swartekill, New York, US abolitionist/feminist
Nov 18th - Louis-Jacques Daguerre, Cormeilles-en-Parisis France, inventor and photographer (d. 1851)
Nov 21st - Samuel Cunard, founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
Nov 25th - Franz Xavier Gruber, Austria, organist/composer (Silent Night)
Nov 27th - Christian Rummel, composer
Nov 27th - Jacob earl van Rechteren van Appeltern, governor of Gelderland
Dec 1st - Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer
Dec 9th - John Dobson, English architect (d. 1865)
Dec 10th - Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Phila, pioneer of educating the deaf
Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques DaguerrePhotographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre (Nov 18th) Dec 14th - Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1816)
Dec 15th - Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor/Shakespearean critic
Dec 16th - Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
Dec 22nd - Rasmus Rask, Denmark, language scholar
Dec 28th - Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

British Naval Officer Horatio NelsonBritish Naval Officer Horatio Nelson (Mar 11th) Mar 11th - Naval officer Horatio Nelson (28) weds Frances Nisbet at Montpelier Estate on the island of Nevis

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 22 of 22

Jan 1st - Arthur Middleton, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 44
Feb 12th - Ruggiero Boscovich, Ital physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75
Feb 13th - Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
Feb 13th - Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (b. 1717)
Mar 2nd - Jean SOME Allamand, French theologist/natural philosopher, dies at 73
Mar 11th - Maximilian JLP Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer, dies at 45
Apr 1st - Floyer Sydenham, English classical scholar (b. 1710)
Apr 2nd - Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)
May 10th - William Watson, English physician and scientist (b. 1715)
May 13th - Johann Michael Malzat, composer, dies at 38
May 28th - Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, dies at 67
Jun 20th - Carl Friedrich Abel, German/British viola player/composer, dies at 63
Jul 4th - Charles, prince de Rohan-Soubise, marshal of France, dies at 71
Aug 1st - Alfonsus M de' Liguori, Italian theologist/bishop/saint, dies at 90
Aug 13th - Isaac de Pinto, merchant/lender/Dutch States-general, dies
Oct 5th - Thomas Stone, US attorney/signer (Dec of Ind), dies at about 44
Oct 7th - Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church (b. 1711)
Oct 30th - Ferdinando Galiani, Italian economist/philosopher/diplomat, dies at 58
Nov 3rd - Robert Lowth, British bishop and grammarian (b. 1710)
Nov 15th - Christoph W Ritter von Gluck, composer (Iphigénie Tauride), dies at 73
Nov 23rd - Anton Schweitzer, composer, dies at 52
Dec 18th - Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)

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