On This Day: 1789

What Happened in 1789

  • Jan 21 1st American novel, WH Brown’s “Power of Sympathy” is published
  • Feb 4 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President
  • Apr 4 1st US Congress begins regular sessions during George Washington‘s presidency at Federal Hall, NYC (ending 1791)
  • Apr 28 Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on HMS Bounty against its captain William Bligh in the South Pacific
  • Apr 30 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America
  • May 12 William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in the UK House of Commons, reasoning the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice
  • Jun 8 James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the US House of Representatives
  • Jun 17 French Revolution: During the meeting of the Estates-General, the Third Estate proclaims itself the ‘National Assembly’
  • Jun 20 Tennis Court Oath (for a new constitution) in France made at Versailles
  • Jul 14 Bastille Day – the French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille Prison