What Happened in July 1789

Historical Events

  • Jul 4 1st US tariff act signed by President Washington
  • Jul 14 Bastille Day-French Revolution begins with the fall of Bastille
  • Jul 15 Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, is named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.
  • Jul 27 US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs (State dept)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Maria Isabella of Spain, queen of the Two Sicilies (d. 1846)
  • Jul 19 John Martin, English painter

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 4 Claudio M da Costa, Brazilian conductor, dies at 59
  • Jul 13 Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau, French economist (b. 1715)
  • Jul 14 Jacques de Flesselles, French provost (assassinated) (b. 1721)
  • Jul 14 Bernard-René de Launay, governor of the Bastille, murdered during the Storming of the Bastille (b.1740)
  • Jul 15 Jacques Duphly, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 22 Joseph-François Foulon, French administrator (b. 1715)