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Interesting events in 1793:

  • January 9 – Jean-Pierre Blanchard becomes the first to fly in a gas balloon in the United States.
  • January 21 – After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Citizen Capet, (i.e., Louis XVI of France) is guillotined.
  • February 12 – first fugitive slave law passed, requiring the return of runaway slaves.
  • March 4 – George Washington is sworn in as President of the United States in Philadelphia, for his second term.
  • April 1 – The Unsen volcano erupts in Japan and causes an earthquake; about 53,000 are killed.
  • April 3 – First American circus performance is held in Philadelphia.
  • Aug 29th – Slaves in French colony of St Domingue (Haiti) freed
  • September 5 – In France, the French National Convention votes to implement terror measures to repress ‘counter-revolutionary’ activities. The ensuing Reign of Terror lasts until the spring of 1794 and causes the deaths of 35,000–40,000 people.
  • September 18 – President George Washington sets the foundation stone for the Capitol building.
  • October 28 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent for his cotton gin (the patent is granted the following March).
  • December 9 – New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.
  • The British admiralty begins supplying citrus juice to Navy ships to prevent scurvy.
  • The first year of regular production begins for the United States Mint.
  • Niccolò Paganini debuts as a violin virtuoso at age 11.
  • Metric system is developed in France.
  • Mexico City’s public transportation system begins with authorization being granted for a system of single-horse carriages for hire.
  • Joseph Haydn writes:
    • String Quartets, Opp. 71 & 74 “Apponyi”
    • Variations in F minor
  • William Wordsworth tours Wales and western England, writing some of his best-known poems.

Ongoing events:

  • French Revolution (1789–1799)


  • January 3 – Lucretia Mott, American women’s rights activist and abolitionist (d. 1880)
  • March 2 – Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1863)
  • November 3 – Stephen F. Austin, American pioneer (d. 1836)


  • October 8 – John Hancock, American patriot and businessman (b. 1737)

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