Here are some one liners...
'Oh, the Humanity!' Death from the Skies! -- The first air disaster, and the Hindenburg.
George Washington is Busted -- Having a statue made is part of establishing one's fame.
And in Other News -- The Continental Navy is disbanded, and other stuff.
'Oh, the Humanity!' Death from the Skies!It had to happen. Lighter-than-air flight (that is, hot-air and hydrogen balloon flight) is an exciting new field of science with many unanswered questions. For example, they have no clear idea WHAT makes these balloons float. (FYI, they float because the lighter gases trapped within the balloon's envelope rise above the denser atmosphere taking the entire contraption with them.) It's science! And it's flashy, so one can win the admiration of one's fellows and the girls love it. In January, a hydrogen balloon crosses the English Channel carrying John Jeffries, an American taking barometric and temperature measurements. With so many flights, a few balloons were bound to crash with ugly results. Dr. Bleakly launches from the Tullamore barracks yard in Ireland. He hits a chimney, dragging sparks and flame across the rooftops of the town. Most buildings have slate roofs, but along Barracks street the roofs are thatch. 100 homes and shops are lost. This is the first air flight disaster. The first air flight deaths occur later this year when a hybrid hydrogen/hot-air balloon plummets 1,500 feet, killing two. Thankfully the balloon did NOT burst into flame.      
George Washington is BustedApparently the key to fame is to have a proper sculpture made. Thomas Jefferson recommends a famous French sculptor to George Washington. George Washington (now retired to his plantation at Mount Vernon) has the artist make clay impressions and molds of his head so that a bust can be sculpted of his likeness. The same impressions will be used to create other sculptures and statues of Washington's likeness. It is said that the most lasting statements are written in stone. 
- "Men of real talents in Arms have commonly approved themselves patrons of the liberal arts [...] In some instances by acting reciprocally, heroes have made poets, and poets heroes." -- George Washington in a letter to LaFayette, 1788. 
And in Other News
- The Continental Navy is disbanded. The Congress is out of money. The Continental Navy Ship Alliance is auctioned off for $26,0000. What have we done?