Category Archives: 1790s

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


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(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)


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(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)


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(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)


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(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.”

Tennessee becomes 16th state 220 years ago today (June 1 1796)


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(Wednesday, June 1, 1796)Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States, was admitted to the Union today as the 16th state, the first state created from territory under the jurisdiction of the U.S. federal government.

President Washington proclaims Jay’s Treaty in effect 220 years ago today (Feb 29 1796)


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(Monday, February 29, 1796) — President George Washington today proclaimed Jay’s Treaty, a treaty between the United States and Great Britain that is credited with averting war, in effect.

U.S. President James K. Polk born in Pineville, North Carolina 220 years ago today (Nov 2 1795)


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(Monday, November 2, 1795)James Knox Polk, the 11th President of the United States (1845–1849), was born today in a farmhouse (possibly a log cabin) in what is now Pineville, North Carolina, in Mecklenburg County, just outside Charlotte.

11th Amendment to U.S. Constitution ratified 220 years ago today (Feb 7 1795)


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(Saturday, February 7, 1795) — The Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, dealing with each state’s sovereign immunity, was ratified today when it passed the North Carolina legislature.

Eli Whitney cotton gin patented 220 years ago today (Mar 14 1794)


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(Friday, March 14, 1794) — Eli Whitney today received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton industry, but the patent was not validated until 1807.