January 7 - First nationwide United States election.
January 21 - The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature
Founded in Truth, is printed in Boston, Massachusetts.
January 23 - Georgetown College becomes the first Catholic college in the United States
February 4 - George Washington
is unanimously elected to be the first President of the
United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
March 4 - At Federal Hall in New York City, the first United States Congress meets and
declares the new Constitution of the United States is in effect.
April 1 - At Federal Hall in New York City, the United States House of Representatives holds
its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first House Speaker.
April 28 - Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on HMS Bounty against Captain William Bligh
April 30 - George Washington
officially begins his term as the 1st President of the United
States with his inauguration at Federal Hall in New York City.
July 9 - In Versailles, the National Constituent Assembly is formed by the French National
Assembly and begins preparations for a French constitution.
July 10 - Alexander Mackenzie
reaches Mackenzie River Delta.
July 14 - French Revolution: Parisians storm the Bastille Prison in Paris and free seven
July 27 - The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is
established (later renamed Department of State).
August 4 - The feudal system is abolished in France.
August 7 - The United States War Department is established.
September 2 - United States Department of the Treasury is founded.
September 29 - War Department first establishes regular army with strength of several
November 6 - Pope Pius VI
appoints Father John Carroll
as the first Roman Catholic
bishop in the United States.
November 20 - New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
November 21 - North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the
12th U.S. state.
Beginning of the French Revolution
Change of Ottoman sultan of the Ottoman Empire from Abd-ul-Hamid I (1773-1789) toSelim III
brings the first macaroni machine to the United States.
The Judiciary Act established the Supreme Court of the United States and the
January 4 - Benjamin Lundy
, American abolitionist.
April 22 - Dingnus van der Weijde
August 21 - Augustin Louis Cauchy
September 20 - Jan van den Houten
October 18 - Lena Breesnee
April 7 - Abd-ul-Hamid I
, Ottoman sultan.
May 25 - Anders Dahl
, botanist for whom the dahlia is named
October 6 - Jan van den Houten
January 9 - Lucretia Johanna van den Houte
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