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Notable Historical Events - 1785

1785Kamehameha, the king of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi

1785Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

1785Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)

1785James Hutton, geologist, presents his full theory of uniformitarianism at a meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

1785James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

1785In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health

1785 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
"Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue 
Jan 7
1st balloon flight across English Channel (Jean Pierre Blanchard & John Jeffries) 
Jan 11
Continental Congress convenes in NYC 
Jan 13
John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times 
Jan 14
Mozart completes "Dissonantenkwartet" (opus 10) 
Jan 15
Mozarts string quartet opus 10 premieres 
Jan 19
First manned balloon flight in Ireland 
Jan 20
Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers 
Jan 27
1st US state university chartered, Athens Georgia 
Jan 29
In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health 
Mar 1
Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture organized 
Mar 7
James Hutton, geologist, presents his full theory of uniformitarianism at a meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 
Apr 21
Russian tsarina Catharina II ends noble privileges 
May 1
Kamehameha, the king of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi 
May 9
British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle 
May 23
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals 
Jun 15
2 French balloonists die in world's 1st fatal aviation accident 
Jul 4
James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 
Jul 6
Congress unanimously resolves US currency named "dollar" & adopts decimal coinage 
Jul 12
1st manned flight by gas balloon in Netherlands 
Aug 1
Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet 
Aug 15
French cardinal De Rohan arrested 
Sep 1
Mozart publishes 6th string quartet opus 10 in Vienna 
Sep 10
Prussia signs trade agreement with US 
Sep 28
Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51) 
Sep 29
Chasidic sect is excommunicated in Kraków Poland 
Nov 10
Netherlands & France sign treaty 
Nov 17
Church of England organizes in New England 
Nov 28
The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people 
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