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1783General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress

1783General George Washington, later 1st American President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War

1783Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty

1783In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d'etat never takes place.

1783 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 20
Hostilities cease in Revolutionary War 
Feb 1
William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex 
Feb 3
Spain recognizes US independence 
Feb 4
Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy) 
Feb 5
Earthquakes ravage Calabria, killing 30,000 
Feb 5
Sweden recognizes US independence 
Mar 5
King Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski grants rights to Jews of Kovno 
Mar 10
USS Alliance under Captain Barry fights and wins last naval battle of US Revolutionary War off Cape Canaveral 
Mar 15
In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d'etat never takes place. 
Apr 3
Sweden & US sign a treaty of Amity & Commerce 
Apr 8
Catharina II of Russia annexes the Crimea. [What goes around comes around.] 
Apr 9
Tippu Sahib drives out British from Bednore, India 
Apr 18
Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began. 
May 2
Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty 
May 4
Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus 
May 18
First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States. 
May 30
Benjamin Tower of Phila publishes 1st daily newspaper in US 
Jun 4
Montgolfier brothers launch 1st hot-air balloon (unmanned) 
Jun 5
Joseph & Jacques Montgolfier make 1st public balloon flight 
Jun 8
Laki Volcano in southern Iceland begins 8-month eruption 
Jul 15
1st steamboat, Pyroscaphe, 1st run in France 
Jul 24
Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia 
Jul 29
Skaptar Volcano on Iceland erupts killing about 9,000 
Aug 27
First hydrogen balloon flight (unmanned); reaches 900 m altitude 
Sep 3
Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and United States of America 
Sep 26
Fayette County, Pennsylvania created 
Oct 6
Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock 
Oct 15
Jean Pilstre de Rozier makes captive-balloon ascent 
Nov 2
General George Washington, later 1st American President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War 
Nov 3
Washington orders Continental Army disbanded 
Nov 3
John Austin, a highwayman, is the last to be publicly hanged at London's Tyburn gallows. 
Nov 4
W.A. Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is premiered in Linz, Austria. 
Nov 21
Pilstre de Rozier & Marquis d'Arlandes make 1st free balloon flight 
Nov 23
Annapolis Maryland, becomes US capital (until June 1784) 
Nov 25
Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in United States 
Dec 1
Jacques Charles & Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris 
Dec 4
Gen Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC 
Dec 7
Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London 
Dec 7
William Pitt Jr (24) becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister 
Dec 9
1st execution at Newgate Jail in London 
Dec 18
British King George III dissmisses government of Portland 
Dec 19
British government of William Pitt the Younger forms 
Dec 23
General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress 
Dec 31
Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern states 
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