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the decade from 1790 to 1799
This is a list of events occurring in the 1790s, ordered by year. ⁕January 9 – U.S. President George Washington gives the first State of the Union Address. ⁕January 26 – Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premiered in Vienna. ⁕January 30 – The first boat specialized as a lifeboat is tested on the River Tyne. ⁕February 1 – In New York City the Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time. ⁕February 4 – Louis XVI of France declares to the National Assembly that he will maintain the constitutional laws. ⁕February 11 – Two Quaker delegates petition the United States Congress for the abolition of slavery. ⁕March 1 – The first United States census is authorized. ⁕March 4 – France is divided into 83 départements, which cut across the former provinces, in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on noble ownership of land. ⁕March 21 – Thomas Jefferson reports to President George Washington in New York as the new United States Secretary of State. ⁕April 10 – The United States patent system is established. ⁕May 13 – Battle of Reval: Gustav III of Sweden sends the battlefleet to eliminate the Russian squadron wintering at Reval, but is defeated: 8 Russians, 51 Swedes are killed, 250 captured, and 2 ships are sunk.
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