What Happened in July 1837

Historical Events

  • Jul 4 Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Queen Victoria is 1st monarch to live in present Buckingham Palace

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom

CommunicationOpening of Euston Station

Jul 20 Euston railway station opens in London as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR), the city's 1st intercity railway station

  • Jul 25 The first commercial use of an electric telegraph was successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone on 25 July 1837 between Euston and Camden Town in London.
  • Jul 27 US Mint opens in Charlotte, North Carolina

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Wlasyslaw Zelenski, composer
  • Jul 11 Paul Lacombe, composer
  • Jul 15 Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, queen of Portugal (d. 1859)
  • Jul 18 Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1873)
  • Jul 20 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, born in Brunswick (d. 1922)
  • Jul 28 Christian Barnekow, composer
  • Jul 30 Elon John Farnsworth, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • Jul 31 William Clarke Quantrill, Col (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 24 Charles Hodges, English/Dutch portrait painter
  • Jul 28 John Ross, British composer and organist, dies at 73