On This Day

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 1st successful US cotton mill begins spinning yarn in Pawtucket, Rhode Island built by Samuel Slater based on Richard Arkwright's design

Industrialist and Inventor Richard Arkwright
Industrialist and Inventor
Richard Arkwright
  • 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 Leopold I, King of Belgium (1831-65), born in Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Holy Roman Empire (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, German composer, dies at 38