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Year 1787 (MDCCLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Friday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar.



  • January 6 – The North Carolina General Assembly authorizes nine commissioners to purchase 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land for the county seat of Chatham County. The town is named Pittsborough (later shortened to Pittsboro) for William Pitt the Younger.
  • January 11William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, 2 moons of Uranus.
  • February 4Shays' Rebellion fails.
  • February 28 – A charter is granted establishing the institution known today as the University of Pittsburgh.
  • April 2 – A Charter of Justice is signed providing the authority for the establishment of the first New South Wales (i.e. Australian) Courts of Criminal and Civil Jurisdiction.
  • May 13 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with 11 ships packed with 1,000 convicts and their jailers to establish a penal colony in Australia.
  • May 14 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates begin arriving to write a new Constitution for the United States.
  • May 25 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates begin to convene a Constitutional Convention intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. However, a new Constitution for the United States is eventually produced. George Washington presides over the Convention.
  • May – Orangist troops attack Vreeswijk, Harmelen and Maarssen; civil war starts in the Netherlands.
  • June 6 – Franklin College, named for Benjamin Franklin, opens in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It later merges with Marshall College to become Franklin and Marshall College.
  • June 20Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention that the government be called the United States.
  • June 28Princess Wilhelmina of Orange, sister of Frederick, the king of Prussia, is captured by patriots and taken to Goejanverwellesluis, and not allowed to travel to the Hague.


  • July 13 – The U.S. Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory. It also establishes procedures for the admission of new states and limits the expansion of slavery.
  • July 15 – Lord's cricket ground is established and the MCC incorporated.
  • August 27 – Launching a 45-foot (14 m) steam powered craft on the Delaware River, John Fitch demonstrates the first U.S. patent for his design.
  • September 13Prussian troops enter the Netherlands. Within a few weeks 40,000 Patriots (out of a population of 2,000,000) go into exile in France (and learn from observation the ideals of the French Revolution).
  • September 17 – The United States Constitution is adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
  • September 24 – Washington Academy (now Washington & Jefferson College) was chartered by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.[1]
  • October 1Russo-Turkish War, 1787-1792Battle of Kinburn: Alexander Suvorov, though sustaining a wound, routs the Turks.
  • October 27 – The first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the U.S. Constitution, is published in a New York paper.
  • October 29Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera Don Giovanni (libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte) premieres in the Estates Theatre in Prague.
  • December 3James Rumsey demonstrates a water-jet propelled boat on the Potomac.
  • December 7Delaware ratifies the Constitution and becomes the first U.S. state.
  • December 8Mission La Purisima Concepcion is founded by Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, becoming the 11 mission in the California mission chain.
  • December 12Pennsylvania becomes the second U.S. state.
  • December 18New Jersey becomes the third U.S. state.

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  • In Britain, Thomas Clarkson and Granville Sharp found the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
  • Caroline Herschel is granted an annual salary of £50 by King George III of Great Britain for acting as assistant to her brother William in astronomy.[2]
  • The North Carolina General Assembly incorporates Waynesborough and designates it the county seat for Wayne County, North Carolina.
  • The element Silicon is first identified by Antoine Lavoisier as a component of the Latin term silex or "Flints" (meaning "Hard Rocks").


  • January 1Manuel José Arce, Revolutionary General and first President of The Federal Republic of Central America. (d. 1847)
  • February 10William Bradley, Britain's tallest man ever 7 ft 9 in. (d. 1820)
  • February 17George Mogridge (Old Humphrey), British writer and poet (d. 1854)
  • March 7George Bethune English, American explorer and writer (d. 1828)
  • March 11Ivan Nabokov, Russian General (d. 1852)
  • March 17Edmund Kean, British actor (d. 1833)
  • April 26Ludwig Uhland, German poet (d. 1862)
  • June 28Sir Harry Smith, English soldier and military commander (d. 1860)
  • November 7Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, Serbian linguist and major reformer of the Serbian language (d. 1864)
  • November 18Louis Daguerre, French artist and chemist (d. 1851)
  • November 21Samuel Cunard, Canadian business, prominent Nova Scotian, founder of the Cunard Line (d. 1865)
  • December 10Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American educator (d. 1851)
  • December 16Mary Russell Mitford, English novelist and dramatist (d. 1855)

Date unknown[]

  • Hugh Maxwell, American lawyer and politician (d. 1873)


  • February 13
    • Rudjer Boscovich, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
    • Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (b. 1717)
  • April 1Floyer Sydenham, English classical scholar (b. 1710)
  • April 2Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)
  • May 10William Watson, English physician and scientist (b. 1715)
  • May 28Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer (b. 1719)
  • June 20Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer (b. 1723)
  • July 4Charles de Rohan, prince de Soubise, Marshal of France (b. 1715)
  • August 1Alphonsus Liguori, Italian founder of the Redemptionist order (b. 1696)
  • October 7Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church (b. 1711)
  • November 3Robert Lowth, English bishop and grammarian (b. 1710)
  • November 15Christoph Willibald Gluck, German composer (b. 1714)
  • December 18
    • Francis William Drake, British admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1724)
    • Soame Jenyns, English writer (b. 1704)


  1. ^ Coleman, Helen Turnbull Waite (1956). Banners in the Wilderness: The Early Years of Washington and Jefferson College. University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 199. OCLC 2191890. 
  2. ^ Ogilvie, Marilyn Bailey (1986). Women in Science: Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. pp. 97–98. ISBN 0-262-65038-X. 

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People of the year 1787 at Familypedia

141 people were born in 1787

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
William Aldridge (1787-1863)William Aldridge (1767-1832)Mary Hook (1765-1805)
Dan Atwood (1787-1863)Heman Atwood (1738-1804)Jerusha Case (1747-1828)
Daniel Carpenter Bacon (1787-1856)Ebenezer Bacon (1756-1811)Rebecca Jenkins (1763-1791)
Isaac Ball (1787-1865)Isaac Ball (1747-1809)Hannah Cummings (1757-)
Lucinda Bateman (1787-1839)Luther Bateman (1749-)Ruth Curtis (1751-)
Jan Besseling (1787-1868)Gerardus Besseling (1756-1823)Marijtje Nuin Fokel (?-?)
Samuel Blakey (1787-1868)John Blakely (1767-1828)Jean Janey Shields (1768-1844)
Edward Blanch (c1787-1860)Robert Blanch (c1753-1831)Elizabeth Brann (1755-1791)
Pieter Blokker (1787-1862)Dirk Blokker (1744-1809)Meinoutje Bakker (1750-1814)
Richard Blundell (1787-1879)William Blundell (1763-1807)Ann Johnson (c1765-)
Antje Boon (1787-1823)Jacob Boon (c1738-1826)Marijtje Bulloper (1751-1829)
Henry Botting (1787)William Botting (1743)Mary Bates (c1745)
Potter Botting (1787-1852)Henry Botting (1756-1837)Elizabeth Potter (1756-1835)
Elijah Bowling (1787-1833)James Bowling (1756-aft1789)Sarah Blevins (c1756-)
Phineas Brigham (1784-1847)Phineas Brigham (1757-1813)Susanna Howe (1764-1813)
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106 children were born to the 59 women born in 1787

88 people died in 1787

 FatherMotherAge at death
John Adams (1705-1787)Robert Pettingill Adams (1674-1769)Rebecca Knight (1674-1760)
Matthew Adgate (1706-1787)Thomas Adgate (1669-1760)Ruth Brewster (1671-1734)
Joseph Alden (1716-1787)John Alden (1674-1730)Hannah White (1681-1732)
Margaret Auchincloss (c1744-1787)William Auchincloss (c1720-)
John Baker (1703-1787)John Baker (1681-1750)Comfort Unknown
Eunice Baldwin (1750-1787)Samuel Baldwin (1713-)Grace Buck (1718-1785)
Sarah Baldwin (1707-1787)Jonathan Baldwin (c1667-1726)Susannah Kitchell (c1665-1743)
Solomon Bates (1702-1787)Joseph Bates (1653-1740)Anna Silvester (1669-1742)
Hannah Bellows (1695-1787)John Bellows (1666-1750)Hannah Newton (1673-1719)
Prudence Bennett (1756-1787)
Henry Benwell (c1722-1787)Henry Benwell (bef1708-1763)Mary Unknown (bef1708-aft1735)
Pieter Bergman (-1787)
John Bigelow (1715-1787)Joshua Bigelow (1677-1728)Hannah Fisk (1680-1733)
Joseph Bingham (1738-1787)Joseph Bingham (1709-1787)Ruth Post (1711-1796)
Joseph Bingham (1709-1787)Thomas Bingham (1667-1720)Hannah Backus (1676-1752)
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7425 people lived in 1787

Adrianus Aalders (c1779-1861)Hendrik AaldersMaria van den Spek
Godefridus Aarts (1778-1826)Pieter Aarts (c1750-)Hendrina van den Eijnden (c1750-)
Abigail Abbe (1767-1851)John Abbe (1743-1832)Abial Averill (1738-1832)
Arien Ariensz Abbenes (c1740-1806)Aarjen Hendriksz Abbenes (c1709-1788)Trijntje Gerrits (c1709-1800)
Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)John Abbot (1704-1793)Phebe Fiske (1712-1802)
Abiel Abbot (1765-1859)Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)
Abiel Abbot (1770-1828)John Abbot (1735-1818)Abigail Abbot (1734-1807)
Abigail Abbot (1734-1807)Benjamin Abbot (1686-1748)Abigail Abbot (1699-1753)
Benjamin Abbot (1770-1823)Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)
Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)Benjamin Abbot (1686-1748)Abigail Abbot (1699-1753)
Elizabeth Abbot (1766-1853)John Abbot (1735-1818)Abigail Abbot (1734-1807)
Ezra Abbot (1772-1847)Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)
John Abbot (1704-1793)John Abbot (1674-1754)Elizabeth Harnden (1756-1693)
John Abbot (1735-1818)John Abbot (1704-1793)Phebe Fiske (1712-1802)
William Abbot (1748-1793)John Abbot (1704-1793)Phebe Fiske (1712-1802)
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Events of the year 1787 at Familypedia

99 people were married in 1787.

 Joined with
Asahel Adams (1769-1844)Sarah Herrick (1758-1797)+ Polly Lowell (1771-1857)
Elizabeth Allen (1764-)William Ingram (c1766-1817)
Mary Baker (1766-1849)George Fordham (1760-1843)
Simeon Baldwin (1761-1851)Rebecca Sherman (1764-1795) + Elizabeth Sherman (1765-1850)
Timothy Baldwin (1762-1823)Prudence Chapman (1768-1846)
Thomas Barrett-Lennard, 1st Bt. (1762-1857)Dorothy St. Aubyn (-1830)+Georgina Matilda Stirling (-1873)
Elisha Warner Bingham (1765-1802)Sarah Perry (1764-1844)
Sarah Broadaway (c1767-Abraham Marson (c1767-
Jacobus Brussé (c1768-1813)Adriana Honing (1757-1844)
William Buck (1765-1805)Elizabeth Murray (1770-1808)
Teetje Buurman (1750-1794)Paulus Rentenier (1751-1799)
William Cahoon (1765-1828)Mehitable Hodges (1765-1809) + Mary Smith (1774-1863)
Rem Cashow (1768-1816)Hendericke Hageman (1772-c1795)+Maratye Bennet (1774-1830)
Prudence Chapman (1768-1846)Timothy Baldwin (1762-1823)
John Ludwig Clapp (1772-1848)Margaret Ann Loy (1773-1855)
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There were 0 military battles in 1787.

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