Category Archives: 1780s

George Washington sworn-in as first President of the United States 230 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 30 1789)

(Thursday, April 30, 1789, at about 1:00 p.m. local time) — George Washington, 57, was inaugurated as the first President of the United States today at Federal Hall in New York City, then the nation’s capitol, with Chancellor Robert Livingston, the highest judicial officer in the state of New York, administrating the oath of office. Continue reading George Washington sworn-in as first President of the United States 230 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 30 1789)

John Adams sworn-in as first Vice President of the United States 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 21 1789)

(Tuesday, April 21, 1789) — John Adams, 53, was inaugurated as the first Vice President of the United States today at Federal Hall in New York City, with John Langdon, President pro tempore of the Senate, administering the oath of office. Continue reading John Adams sworn-in as first Vice President of the United States 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 21 1789)

U.S. House Representatives convenes in New York, Frederick Muhlenberg elected first speaker 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 1 1789)


Video: '4th March 1789: US Constitution goes into effect as first Congress meets'

(Wednesday, April 1, 1789) — The United States House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the U.S. Congress, which compromises the legislative branch of government, attained its first quorum today at Federal Hall in New York and elected Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as the first Speaker of the House. Continue reading U.S. House Representatives convenes in New York, Frederick Muhlenberg elected first speaker 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 1 1789)

George Washington elected first POTUS, John Adams first VP 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 4 1789)


Video: 'The American Presidential Election of 1788-1789'

(Wednesday, February 4, 1789, during the 1788–89 United States presidential election) — General George Washington of Virginia was unanimously and officially elected the first President of the United States today, winning all 69 electoral votes cast. Continue reading George Washington elected first POTUS, John Adams first VP 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 4 1789)

United States Constitution ratified 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 21 1788)


Video: 'On This Day: June 21, 1788'

(Saturday, June 21, 1788) — The United States Constitution, the supreme law of the United States of America featuring a stronger federal government under a system of checks and balances known as the separation of powers doctrine, went into effect today as New Hampshire (by a vote of 57-47) became the ninth and last necessary state of the original 13 colonies to ratify it. Continue reading United States Constitution ratified 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 21 1788)

New Orleans devastated by massive fire 230 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 21 1788)


Video: 'Rodriguez and The Great New Orleans Fire'

(Good Friday, March 21, 1788, 1:30 p.m. local time) — Fire broke out today in New Orleans, Louisiana (a colony of Spain at this time), at the home of Army Treasurer Don Vincente Jose Nuñez, less than a block from Jackson Square (Plaza de Armas). Continue reading New Orleans devastated by massive fire 230 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 21 1788)

First European settlers land in Australia 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 26 1788)


Video: 'First Fleet - Behind the News'

(Saturday, January 26, 1788, early morning local time) — The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sailed today into Port Jackson, New South Wales, to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the Australian continent. Continue reading First European settlers land in Australia 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 26 1788)

Delaware first state to ratify U.S. Constitution 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1787)


Video: 'The Constitution of the United States of America'

(Friday, December 7, 1787) — Delaware voted 30-0 today to become the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, the supreme law of the United States of America featuring the separation of powers doctrine, whereby the federal government would be divided into three branches (legislative, executive and judicial). Continue reading Delaware first state to ratify U.S. Constitution 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1787)

The Federalist Papers published in New York 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 27 1787)


Video: 'HISTORY TALKS: Federalist Papers - New Ideas for a New Nation'

(Saturday, October 27, 1787) — The first of The Federalist Papers, a series of articles and essays written under the pseudonym “Publius” by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution, was published today in the Independent Journal, a New York newspaper. Continue reading The Federalist Papers published in New York 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 27 1787)

United States Constitution completed and signed 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 17 1787)


Video: 'Constitution Convention 11 minutes'

(Monday, September 17, 1787) — The United States Constitution, the supreme law of the United States of America featuring the separation of powers doctrine, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches (legislative, executive and judicial), was completed and signed today by a majority of delegates (39) attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Continue reading United States Constitution completed and signed 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 17 1787)