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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1793 AD

January

January 9: 1st hot-air balloon flight in the U.S. lifts off in Philadelphia
January 9: Dutch Prince Willem V establishes 2 brigades Drive Artillery
January 9: Jean Pierre Blanchard makes 1st balloon flight in North America
January 19: French King Louis XVI sentenced to death
January 21: Prussia and Russia sign partition treaty (Poland divided)
January 23: 2nd partition of Poland, between Prussia and Russia
January 23: Humane Society of Philadelphia (1st aid society) organized

February

February 1: France declares war on England and Netherlands
February 1: Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, New York, for oiled silk and linen
February 11: Prussian troops occupy Venlo, Netherlands
February 12: 1st U.S. fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
February 24: French troops conquer Breda
February 25: 1st cabinet meeting at George Washington's home

March

March 4: French troops conquer Geertruidenberg Netherlands
March 4: Washington's 2nd inauguration, shortest speech (133 words)
March 18: 2nd Battle at Neerwinden: Austria army beats France
March 26: Pro-royalist uprising in Vendee region of France

April

April 1: Volcano Unsen on Japan erupts killing about 53,000
April 15: Bank of England hands out 1st 5 pound note
April 17: Battle of Warsaw
April 22: President Washington attends opening of Rickett's, 1st circus in U.S.
April 29: Cornerstone laid for Groningen's new townhall

May

May 19: Netherlands captures French island of St. Maarten (held until 1795)
May 21: Curacao Island Council forbids criticism on House of Orange
May 25: Father Stephen Theodore Badin is 1st U.S. Roman Catholic priest ordained
May 30: Georges Couthon chosen member of French Committee the Salut Public

June

June 10: 1st public zoo opens in Paris
June 10: Washington replaced Philadelphia as U.S. capital
June 11: 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
June 20: Eli Whitney patents his cotton gin
June 24: 1st republican constitution in France adopted

July

July 24: France passes 1st copyright law

August

August 1: France becomes 1st country to use the metric system
August 29: Slaves in French colony of St. Domingue (Haiti) freed

September

September 5: In the French Revolution, the "Reign of Terror" begins
September 18: President Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
September 20: British troops under major-general Williamson lands on (French) Haiti
September 29: Tennis is 1st mentioned in an English sporting magazine

October

October 28: Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin
October 31: Execution of Girondins at Paris, during Reign of Terror

November

November 8: Louvre in Paris, opens
November 10: France ends forced worship of God
November 18: Louvre officially opens in Paris
November 26: Republican calendar replaces Gregorian calendar in France

December

December 9: Noah Webster establishes New York's 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva
December 14: 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Kentucky to Cincinnati
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