ALSO IN 1788...
The First Fleet lands at Sydney Cove, which would later be established as the first British penal colony in New South Wales, Australia.
The Slave Trade Act reduces the number of slaves carried on ships. This was the first slavery shipping legislation passed in Britain – support for abolition grew rapidly in the years that followed.
Crops around Paris are decimated by a violent hailstorm. The hailstones were so large they smashed branches off trees and killed birds.
The respectable William Brodie is hanged for his crimes. He shocked Edinburgh with his double life as a trade guildsman and cabinetmaker by day and burglar by night.
Scottish poet Robert Burns collects fragments from old Scots poems, adding in his own lines to give us the version of Auld Lang Syne we still sing to ring in the new year today.