Historical Events for Year 1797
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Jan 1st - Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY
Jan 7th - The modern Italian flag is first used.
Jan 15th - 1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London)
Jan 26th - Russia, Prussia & Austria sign treaty
Jan 30th - Congress refuses to accept 1st petitions from American blacks
Feb 4th - Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 41,000
Feb 12th - Haydn's song "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser," premieres in Vienna
Feb 14th - The Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeated a larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. One Captain Horatio Nelson distinguishes himself.
Feb 18th - Trinidad is surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby.
Feb 19th - One third of papal domain ceded to France
Feb 21st - Trinidad, West Indies, surrenders to British
Feb 22nd - The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales.
Feb 25th - Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain
Feb 26th - Bank of England issues first £1-note
Mar 4th - John Adams inaugurated as 2nd president of US
Mar 13th - Cherubini's opera "Medée" premieres in Paris
Mar 28th - Nathaniel Briggs of NH patents a washing machine
Apr 17th - Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions to Spanish territories in America.
Apr 18th - France & Austria signs cease fire
British Naval Officer Horatio Nelson May 10th - 1st US Navy ship, the "United States," is launched
May 12th - First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.
Jun 2nd - 1st ascent of "Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack NY (C Broadhead)
Jun 14th - Napoleon forms Ligurian Republic
Jun 26th - Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can't sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!
Jul 8th - 1st US senator (William Blount of Tennessee) expelled by impeachment
Jul 25th - Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain).
Aug 3rd - Emperor Francis I permits Jews who served in military in "Countries of Bohemian Crown" to marry non Jews
Aug 16th - Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth
Sep 1st - 2nd National Meeting in Hague
Sep 20th - US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
Oct 11th - Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): English navy defeats Dutch fleet
Oct 17th - Peace of Campo Formio: Austrian Dutch possessions & France
Oct 22nd - Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes 1st parachute descent from a balloon (Paris)