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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1788 AD


January 1: London's Daily Universal Registrar becomes the Times
January 1: Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves
January 2: Georgia is 4th state to ratify U.S. constitution
January 9: Connecticut becomes 5th state
January 18: English settlers arrive in Australia's Botany Bay to setup penal colony
January 20: Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
January 26: Captain Arthur Phillip hoists English flag on Botany Bay, New South Wales
January 28: Captain Arthur Phillip forms English colony at Sydney, Botany Bay NSW
January 28: Lord Gordon found guilty of libel of queen of France
January 29: Australia Day


February 1: 1st U.S. steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs and Longstreet
February 6: Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
February 9: Austria declares war on Russia


March 21: Fire destroyed 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana
March 21: Gustavus Vassa petitions Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans


April 7: 1st settlement in Ohio, at Marietta
April 15: England, Netherlands and Prussia sign peace treaty
April 28: Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify constitution


May 9: English parliament accepts abolishing of slave trade
May 23: South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify U.S. constitution


June 7: Masses stone French government army at Grenoble
June 11: 1st British ship built on Pacific coast begun at Nootka Sound
June 21: U.S. Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire is 9th to ratify
June 21: Vizille France population demands local parliament
June 25: Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify U.S. constitution


July 17: Russian fleet destroys Swedish
July 26: New York becomes 11th state to ratify constitution
July 26: Sydney, Australia settled by British colonists


August 8: King Louis XVI calls French States and Generals together
August 13: Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90
August 17: Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati) founded
August 22: Sierra Leone, settled by British as a former haven for slaves
August 27: Jacques Neeker names French minister of Finance


September 13: New York City becomes 1st capital of US


December 17: Russian army of Grigorij Potemkin occupies Ocharov
December 19: Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam
December 21: Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
December 23: Maryland votes to cede a 10 mile area for District of Columbia
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