1788 in History
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 Port Jackson, 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