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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1785 AD

January

January 1: "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue
January 7: 1st balloon flight across English Channel (Blanchard and Jeffries)
January 11: Continental Congress convenes in New York City
January 13: John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times
January 14: Mozart completes "Dissonantenkwartet" (opus 10)
January 15: Mozarts string quartet opus 10 premieres
January 20: Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers
January 27: 1st U.S. state university chartered, Athens Georgia

March

March 1: Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture organized

April

April 21: Russian tsarina Catharina II ends noble privileges

May

May 9: British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
May 23: Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

June

June 15: 2 French balloonists die in world's 1st fatal aviation accident

July

July 6: Congress resolves U.S. currency named "dollar" and adopts decimal coinage
July 12: 1st manned flight by gas balloon in Netherlands

August

August 1: Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet
August 15: French cardinal De Rohan arrested

September

September 1: Mozart publishes 6 string quartet opus 10 in Vienna
September 10: Prussia signs trade agreement with US
September 28: Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)
September 29: Chasidic sect is excommunicated in Cracow Poland

November

November 10: Netherlands and France signs treaty
November 17: Church of England organizes in New England
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