1789 in History – What happened in year 1789

✅ Published on April 2nd, 2009 in 18th Century in History

In history, year 1789 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1789.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1789 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
21 januaryThe Power of Sympathy by William Hill Brown, widely considered to be the first American novel, was published.
23 januaryBishop John Carroll purchased a plot of land that would be the home of the future George town University, the oldest Catholic Universityin the United States.
04 marchAs per the U.S. Constitution, the bicameral U.S. Congressofficially replaced the unicameral Congress of the Confederation as thelegislative body of the federal government.
01 aprilFrederick Muhlenberg became the first person to qualify under the United States Constitution strict mandate of what defines a head of the household for U.S. government purposes.
28 aprilAbout 1,300 miles west of Tahiti, Fletcher Christian, master's mate on board the Royal Navy ship HMAV Bounty, led a mutiny against the ship's commander William Bligh.
30 aprilGeorge Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States at Federal Hall in New York City.
14 juneWhiskey distilled from maize was first produced by American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig. It is named as Bourbon because Rev Craig lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Bourbon whiskey is a type of American whiskey: a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn.
20 juneFrench Revolution-Meeting on a tennis court near the Palace of Versailles, members of France's Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, pledging not to separate until a new constitution was established.
12 julyFrench Revolution-Journalist Camille Desmoulins gave animpassioned speech protesting the dismissal of finance minister JacquesNecker the day before, inspiring listeners to storm the Bastille twodays later.
27 julyThe U.S. State Department, then known as the Department ofForeign Affairs, became the first federal agency created under the U.S.Constitution.
26 augustFrench Revolution-The Declaration of the Rights of Man and ofthe Citizen, defining a set of individual and collective rights of thepeople, was approved by the National Constituent Assembly.
28 augustWith the first use of his new 1.2 m (3.9 ft) telescope, thenthe largest in the world, William Herschel discovered a new moon ofSaturn, which was later named Enceladus.
24 septemberThe First United States Congress passed the Judiciary Act of1789, establishing the U.S. federal judiciary and setting the number ofSupreme Court Justices.
05 octoberFrench Revolution-Upset about the high price and scarcity ofbread, thousands of Parisian women and their various allies marched onthe royal palace at Versailles.
19 octoberJohn Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the UnitedStates.
24 octoberThe Brabant Revolution, sometimes considered as the firstexpression of Belgian nationalism, began with the invasion of theAustrian Netherlands by an émigré army from the Dutch Republic.
06 novemberPope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the firstCatholic bishop in the United States.
11 decemberThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the oldest public universities in the United States and the only one to award degrees in the 18th century, received its charter.
04 JulyThe East India Company entered into a treaty with the Peshwa and the Nizam against Tipu Sultan.
02 SeptemberThe United States established its own revenue department.
07 JanuaryThe American public voted for George Washington to be elected the country's first president.
04 FebruaryGeorge Washington was elected President of the United States and John Adams as Vice-President.
30 AprilGeorge Washington was elected the first President of the United States.
07 JanuaryThe United States presidential election, 1788–89, and the House of Representatives elections were held.
04 FebruaryGeorge Washington was unanimously elected the first President of the United States.
04 MarchThe first US Congress completed and declared the constitution.
30 AprilGeorge Washington was inaugurated at Federal Hall in New York, beginning his term as the first President of the United States.
05 MayIn France, the Estates-General met for the first time in 175 years.
03 JuneAlex McKenzie discovered the Mackenzie River Canada).
11 JulyLouis XVI of France rejected the popular Chief Minister Jack Necker.


Famous birthdays in the year 1789:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 AprilLucio Norberto Mansilla / Politician / Argentina
03 JulyJohann Friedrich Overbeck / Painter / Germany
05 NovemberWilliam Bland / Politician / Australia
08 OctoberWilliam John Swainson / Ornithologist / United Kingdom
08 OctoberJohn Ruggles / Politician / United States of America
09 SeptemberMenachem Mendel Schneersohn / Rabbi / Poland
09 February Franz Xaver Gabelsberger / Engineer / Germany
14 DecemberMaria Szymanowska / Pianist / Poland
15 SeptemberJames Fenimore Cooper / Writer / United States of America
15 DecemberCarlos Soublette / Politician / Venezuela
16 OctoberWilliam Burton / Politician / United States of America
16 March Georg Ohm / Mathematician / Germany
16 March Francis Rawdon Chesney / General / United Kingdom
17 January August Neander / Historian / Germany
19 JulyJohn Martin / Painter / United Kingdom
19 OctoberTheophilos Kairis / Philosopher / Greece
20 JulyMahmud II / Sultan / Turkey
21 AugustAugustin-Louis Cauchy / Academic / France
23 MayFranz Schlik / Earl / Austria
30 JuneHorace Vernet / Painter / France
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