Here are some one liners...
One Language to Rule Them All -- The theory of a common and ancient European language is proposed.
Shays' Rebellion and a New Constitution -- It's not much of a rebellion but the newspapers turn it into the Apocalypse, and because of that fear, the Convention at Philadelphia produces the Constitution.
Fredrick the Great is Gone -- He dies of pneumonia and George Washington will die under similar circumstances, much later.
One Language to Rule Them AllWhile living in India, William Jones has noticed that certain phases in English, appear in Sanskrit. He begins a comparison of Sanskrit with German, Latin and Greek. The words and the grammar are too similar to be a coincidence. His findings suggest a common root, a common language, an ancient tongue. He then theorizes a possible invasion of an Aryan race which influenced local languages. Jones has no evidence to back up such a claim, and in later years the invasion theory will lose credibility, but the idea of a Proto-Indo-European language will live on.   
Shays' Rebellion and a New ConstitutionNow that the war is over, economic conditions are improving. (Just about anything would be an improvement.) In order to pay off its war debt, Massachusetts has raised property taxes, but frankly, there is no money to pay for anything! I mean creditors are demanding gold and silver for payment of debt, but there is none available. It's a barter-economy now and farmers are barely feeding their own families. Daniel Shays is a veteran of Bunker Hill. He joins 2,000 farmers in protest, but the legislature refuses to entertain this insult to their dignity. (I'm not kidding. They actually think that... including Samuel Adams.) Since judges authorize foreclosures, the protestors march on the courts instead. By early next year, Daniel Shays will lead an attack on the Springfield armory but they will be repelled and eventually scattered. In the end, Shays will receive a pardon, but the Boston papers will cast him as a super criminal leading an army of 20,000 or more! He will eventually move to New York to escape his infamous notoriety.   
Fredrick the Great is Gone"The Old Fritz" Fredrick the Great has died of pneumonia. This is the last in a long series of illnesses he has been suffering ever since he was out in the rain and cold inspecting his troops. He was 6 hours on his horse and by the time it was over, he was shaken and spent. He was never right again. He suffered from gout and dropsy. The normal "cure-all" was bleeding, but it didn't help. He ordered that upon his death he should be buried next to his horse, but they disobeyed that order and entombed him. Years later, when the French invade Prussia, Napoleon will visit Fredrick the Great's tomb and remark to his generals...
- "If he were alive we should not be here." -- Napoleon Bonaparte.