Category Archives: 1790s

André-Jacques Garnerin makes first parachute jump 220 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 22 1797)


Video: 'When was the first parachute jump? Andre Jacques Garnerin (Google Doodle)'

(Monday, October 22, 1797) — French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent today, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris. Continue reading André-Jacques Garnerin makes first parachute jump 220 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 22 1797)

Adams inaugurated as second U.S. President, Jefferson as second VP 220 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1797)


Video: 'John Adams' Inaugural Address, March 4, 1797 by John Adams'

(Saturday, March 4, 1797, midday local time) — Vice President John Adams of Massachusetts was inaugurated today as the second President of the United States in the House of Representatives Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth administering the oath of office. Continue reading Adams inaugurated as second U.S. President, Jefferson as second VP 220 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 4 1797)

Adams defeats Jefferson in presidential election 220 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1796)


Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1796'

(Wednesday, December 7, 1796, during the United States presidential election, 1796) — Federalist Vice President John Adams of Massachusetts was elected President of the United States today over Democratic-Republican former Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Continue reading Adams defeats Jefferson in presidential election 220 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1796)

President George Washington’s farewell address published 220 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 19 1796)


Video: 'Great Speeches: George Washington's Farewell Address'

(Monday September 19, 1796) — With less than six months left of his second and final term of office, U.S. President George Washington’s Farewell Address was published today as an open letter to the public.

In it, America’s first chief executive advised, “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”