What Happened in December 1790

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Austrian army occupies Brussels
  • Dec 6 The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Dec 17 Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
  • Dec 20 1st successful US cotton mill to spin yarn in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Dec 22 Supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787–92)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 16 King Léopold I of Belgium (d. 1865)
  • Dec 19 William Parry, English Arctic explorer (Parry Channel), born in Bath, England (d. 1855)
  • Dec 23 Jean-Francois Champollion, deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 12 Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer (b. 1733)
  • Dec 16 Ludwig August Lebrun, composer, dies at 38