Fever 1793 Curriculum Links
Open Collections Program: Contagion, The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793
Germantown Nurses the Yellow Fever, 1793
A Listening Library Study Guide
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.
- 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)