Category Archives: 1790s

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.”

Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, is beheaded 220 years ago today (1793)


Video: Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France (parts 1-12)

(Wednesday, September 18, 1793, 12:15 p.m. local time; during the French Revolution) — Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI and convicted by the National Convention for treason to the principles of the French Revolution, was guillotined today at the Place de la Révolution (present-day Place de la Concorde) in Paris. She was 37.