February 1st – US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time in NYC
February 4th – Louis XVI accepts the constitution drafted by French revolutionaries and declares to the National Assembly that he will maintain the new constitutional laws
March 22nd - Thomas Jefferson becomes the 1st US Secretary of State
July 3rd – In Paris, the Marquis of Condorcet proposed granting civil rights to women.
July 9 – Russo-Swedish War: The Swedish navy captured one third of the Russian fleet at the naval battle of Svensksund in the Baltic Sea.
July 17th – Economist Adam Smith, Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy, dies
August 1st - 1st US census (population of 3,939,214; 697,624 are slaves)
November 11th – Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China
Unknown date – Emmanuel Kant published his "Critique of Judgement." His analysis of the nature of art and aesthetic experience proved to be a major influence on modern ideas
Unknown date – Beethoven composed his "Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II"
Unknown date – Pineapples are introduced to the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii)