What Happened in July 1817

Historical Events

  • Jul 4 Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, (Rome, New York), one of the first great engineering works in North America
  • Jul 12 1st flower show held (Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland)
  • Jul 12 Karl Drais von Sauerbronn demonstrates bicycle course

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)

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Jul 12 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), born in Concord, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • Jul 15 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway)
  • Jul 17 Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach, composer
  • Jul 19 Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke, US, army nurse (union)
  • Jul 21 John Gilbert, painter/illustrator
  • Jul 21 Joseph K Barnes, Major General (Union Army), (d. 1883)
  • Jul 24 Adolf WAKF, grand duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905)
  • Jul 29 James Blair Steedman, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1883)
  • Jul 30 Charles Radoux-Rogier, composer
  • Jul 31 Philip Cook Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1894)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 14 Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, Swiss author (b. 1766)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 18 Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), dies at 41

Novelist Jane Austen
Novelist
Jane Austen