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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of 1787


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Birthdays
  • March 17 - Edmund Kean, English actor (d. 1833)
  • April 26 - Ludwig Uhland, German poet (d. 1862)
  • November 21 - Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born shipping magnate (d. 1865)
  • November 22 - Rasmus Christian Rask, Danish linguist (d. 1823)
  • November 24 - Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist (d. 1863)
  • December 14 - Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1816)
  • December 16 - Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)


Deaths
  • February 13 - Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes
  • May 28 - Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer (b. 1719)
  • June 20 - Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer (b. 1723)
  • July 4 - Charles de Rohan, prince de Soubise
  • November 15 - Christoph Willibald Gluck, German composer (b. 1714)
  • December 18 - Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)

Events
  • January 11 - William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.
  • January 25 - American Daniel Shays leads rebellion to seize Federal arsenal to protest debtor's prisons.
  • February 2 - Arthur St. Clair is elected the 9th President of the President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
  • February 3 - Shays' Rebellion is crushed.
  • February 28 - The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted.
  • May 13 - Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts (First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia.
  • May 25 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States. George Washington presides.
  • June 20 - Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
  • July 13 - The Continental Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory. It also establishes procedures for the admission of new states and limits the expansion of slavery.
  • August 6 - Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention.
  • September 17 - The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • September 28 - The newly completed United States Constitution is voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.
  • October 1 - Russians under Suvorov defeat the Turks at Kinburn.
  • October 29 - Mozart's opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.
  • December 7 - Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the US Constitution.
  • December 12 - Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution five days after Delaware became the first.
  • December 18 - New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.


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