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1789George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.

1789President George Washington nominates John Jay the 1st Chief Justice

1789First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

1789Benjamin Banneker with L'Enfant begin to lay out Washington DC

1789George Washington inaugurated as 1st president of the United States of America

1789Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Sec of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice;

1789William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in UK House of Commons, reasons the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice

1789George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration

1789John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington)

1789Alexander Hamilton appointed 1st Secretary of Treasury

1789James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1789President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, NY

1789 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 21
1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy," is published 
Jan 23
Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded 
Jan 26
John Odell signs contract for £336 to build St Peter's church (Bronx) 
Feb 1
Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long 
Feb 4
1st US electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President and Vice-President 
Mar 2
Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances 
Mar 4
1st US Congress declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 reps) 
Mar 10
Franklin College founded 
Mar 11
Benjamin Banneker with L'Enfant begin to lay out Washington DC 
Apr 1
US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, F Muhlenberg 1st speaker 
Apr 6
1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC 
Apr 8
First meeting of the US House of Representatives 
Apr 16
George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration 
Apr 21
John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington) 
Apr 23
President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, NY 
Apr 28
Fletcher Christian leads mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh 
Apr 30
George Washington inaugurated as 1st president of the United States of America 
May 5
French Estates-General meets for the first time since 1614 at Versailles, summoned King Louis XVI 
May 7
First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC) 
May 12
Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses 
May 12
William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in UK House of Commons, reasons the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice 
Jun 1
1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths) 
Jun 3
Alex Mackenzie explores Mackenzie River (Canada) 
Jun 4
US constitution goes into effect 
Jun 8
James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives. 
Jun 9
Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver Island 
Jun 13
Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington 
Jun 14
Capt William Bligh reaches Timor 
Jun 17
3rd Estate in France declared itself a national assembly 
Jun 20
Oath of Tennis Court (for a new constitution) in France taken 
Jul 4
1st US tariff act 
Jul 14
Bastille Day-French Revolution begins with the fall of Bastille 
Jul 15
Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, is named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris. 
Jul 27
US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs (State dept) 
Aug 1
US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act 
Aug 4
French National Meeting ending feudal system 
Aug 7
Congress creates Department of War & Lighthouse Service 
Aug 27
French National Assembly issues "Declaration of Rights of Man & Citizen" 
Aug 28
Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus 
Sep 2
US Treasury Department established by Congress 
Sep 11
Alexander Hamilton appointed 1st Secretary of Treasury 
Sep 13
1st loan to US government (from NYC banks) 
Sep 15
US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State 
Sep 17
William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn 
Sep 18
1st loan is made to pay salaries of the presidents & Congress 
Sep 22
US Office of Postmaster General is created under the Treasury Department 
Sep 24
US Congress establishes Post Office Department following the new constitution 
Sep 24
US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court 
Sep 24
President George Washington nominates John Jay the 1st Chief Justice 
Sep 24
US Attorney General Office is created 
Sep 25
US Congress proposes Bill of Rights (10 of 12 will ratify) 
Sep 26
4th US Postmaster General: Samuel Osgood of Mass takes office 
Sep 26
Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Sec of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice; 
Sep 26
Edmund J Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General 
Sep 29
1st congress adjourns 
Sep 29
US War Dept established a regular army 
Oct 2
George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification. 
Oct 3
Washington proclaims 1st national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26 
Oct 5
French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris. 
Oct 6
French Revolution: Louis XVI returns to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women on 5 October 
Oct 15
1st presidental tour-George Washington in New England 
Nov 5
Fleeing slaves under Bonni attack military post on Suriname 
Nov 5
French National Meeting declares all citizens equal under law 
Nov 6
Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States. 
Nov 8
Bourbon Whiskey, 1st distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon Ky) 
Nov 13
Ben Franklin writes "Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes" 
Nov 20
New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights 
Nov 21
North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state 
Nov 26
1st national Thanksgiving in USA 
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