On This Day

What Happened in August 1790

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves
  • Aug 4 United States Revenue Cutter Service is established to serve as an armed customs enforcement service (becoming the US Coast Guard in 1915)
  • Aug 4 US Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service
  • Aug 9 Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe
  • Aug 14 Sweden & Russia sign Peace of Verela

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 13 William Wentworth, Australian explorer and politician, born in Norfolk Island (d. 1872)
  • Aug 19 Edward John Dent, British clockmaker to Queen Victoria and commissioned to make Big Ben, London (completed after his death by his son Frederick Dent), born in London, England (d. 1853)