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The First Fleet in Botany Bay, engraving from Arthur Phillips' travelogue 1789
The First Fleet reaches Botany Bay in Australia .
Gustav III  of Sweden
The Anjalabund in Sweden protests against the
King Gustav III. waged
war against Russia .
Official portrait of Charles IV by Francisco de Goya
Charles IV takes over after the death of his father Karl III. the reign in Spain .
1788 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1236/37 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1780/81 (turn of the year 10/11 September)
Bengali solar calendar 1193/94 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2331/32 (southern Buddhism); 2330/31 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 74th (75th) cycle

Year of the Earth-Monkey戊申 ( at the beginning of the year Fire-Sheep 丁未)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1150/51 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4121/22 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1166/67 (around March 21)
Islamic calendar 1202/03 (October 1-2)
Jewish calendar 5548/49 (October 1-2)
Coptic calendar 1504/05 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 963/964
Seleucid era Babylon: 2098/99 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2099/2100 (New Year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1844/45 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

United States of America

Title page The Federalist , 1788
  • The Federalist Papers appear.
  • Connecticut prohibits its citizens from participating in the slave trade .
  • The slave trade is banned in New York. However, there are significant legal loopholes for exceptions. The special courts for slaves will also be abolished.

Australia and Oceania

The first map of the Sydney area from 1789
William Bligh



science and technology

Galaxy NGC 2841


Visual arts


Music and theater

The theater in the Josefstadt in the early 19th century


The New Orleans Fire
  • March 21 : The city of New Orleans is almost completely destroyed by a major fire. 856 of the approximately 1100 buildings in the city fell victim to the flames.
  • A catastrophic crop failure in pre-revolutionary France followed by a harsh winter led to a massive grain shortage in the following year.


January to March

April to June

July to September

October to December

Christian Wilhelm Bronisch (born December 5)

Exact date of birth unknown


First half of the year

Johann Georg Hamann

Second half of the year

Exact date of death unknown

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