This Day in Coast Guard History – June 23

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

1716-Province of Massachusetts authorized the erection of the first lighthouse in America.  It was built on Great Brewster Island in Boston Harbor.
1817-The cutter Active forced a South American privateer posing as an armed merchantman to leave the Chesapeake Bay and American waters.
1939-Congress created the Coast Guard Reserve which later became what is today the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

(Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

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