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1788 1789 1790


  • Olaudah Equiano publishes bestseller The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Gustavus Vassa, the African, written by himself.
  • France introduces conscription to replace press gangs.
  • British Parliament is dissolved, not reconvened until 1791.
  • Silas Deane dies at 52.


  • January 28: James Gambier dies at 61.
  • June 17, 1789: Deputies of the Third Estate vote to establish themselves as the National Assembly and demand a French Constitution.
  • The French National Assembly was created as a parliamentary body to move control of issues, such as taxation, from the king to the citizenry. This is the origin of "left and right wing" as political ideological space designations.
  • British captain William Bigh sails through the Fijian islands but does not stop because he is chased by war canoes.
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