ALSO IN 1788...

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26 JAN­UARY

The First Fleet lands at Syd­ney Cove, which would later be es­tab­lished as the first Bri­tish pe­nal colony in New South Wales, Aus­tralia.

10 JULY

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.

13 JULY

Crops around Paris are dec­i­mated by a vi­o­lent hail­storm. The hail­stones were so large they smashed branches off trees and killed birds.

1 OC­TO­BER

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.

DE­CEM­BER

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.

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