What is the significance of the year 1787?

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There are many things that happened in the year 1787.  Here is a list of the some of the  significant events.

In Britain, Thomas Clarkson and Granville Sharp founded the ‘Society for Abolition of Slave Trade’.

On January 11th William Herschel discovered two moons of Uranus, Titania, and Oberon.

The Australian penal colony received its first load of prisoners on May 13th.

On September 13th Prussian troops entered the Netherlands forcing 100,000 patriots to live in exile for eight years.

A new constitution of the United States was completed on September 17th, known today as The Constitution of the United States.

On December 12th and 18th Pennsylvania and New Jersey became states, respectively.

The completion of the Constitution of the United States is probably the most significant event to occur in 1787, primarily because the document is still used today, and is considered to be the oldest Constitution still in use.

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  1. Janice Clarke says:

    The Australian Penal Colony did not receive its first group of convicts on 13th May 1787. This was the date of the First Fleet’s departure from England. The convicts did not see their eventual home until January of 1788.

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