The Clarinet was invented in Neuenburg, Germany. This made Benny Goodman very happy.
A treaty between Great Britain and the United States was ratified ending the American Revolution. Most people think that the war ended in 1781 with the British loss at Yorktown Va. But it continued and became (at least to me) much more interesting. With the entry of France, Spain, and other countries into the war, it became a world war. The Americans under Washington were forced to keep a standing army around (Just in case) and suffered small attacks by the natives on the frontiers and had to deal with a civil war between the "patriot" forces and loyalist who were busy evening up their old scores.
I think this period was one of Washington's greatest moments. This was the time when he single handedly ended a movement among the Army's officers to organize a military coup and take over the reins of government. Around this time he also turned down the chance offered by the officers of his army to be the new American King.
For you trivia buffs, the last official shot of the American Revolution was fired at the battle of Cuddalore, India on June 20th 1783.
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