In Britain, Thomas Clarkson
and Granville Sharp formed the "Society for the Abolition
of the Slave Trade" with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
January 11 - William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.
February 4 - Shays' Rebellion fails
May 13 - Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of
convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
May 14 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates begin to meet to write a new
Constitution for the United States.
May 25 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates begin to convene a Constitutional Convention
to write a new Constitution for the United States (George Washington
July 13 - The United States Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance establishing
governing rules for the Northwest Territory. It also establishes procedures for the
admission of new states and limits the expansion of slavery.
September 17 - United States Constitution adopted.
December 7 - Delaware ratifies the Constitution and becomes the first U.S. state.
December 12 - Pennsylvania becomes the second U.S. state.
December 18 - New Jersey becomes the third U.S. state.Births
March 16 - Georg Ohm
, German physicist.
May 27 - Elizabeth Jonker
June 14 - Adriana (Adriaantje) Stoutjesdijk
July 1 - Donus van den Houten
December 9 - Jacob van den Houten
February, 14 - Elisabeth van den Houten
June 20 - Karl Friedrich Abel
, aged 63, German baroque composer.
June 30 - Johanna Dse Bakelaar
July 19 - Donus van den Houten
November 3 - Robert Lowth
, Bishop of the Church of England.
November 15 - Christoph Willibald Gluck
, composer.To my Homepage