What Happened in July 1850

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 At least 626 ships lie at anchor around SF Bay
  • Jul 2 Benjamin Lane patents gas mask with a breathing apparatus
  • Jul 7 Scottish explorer Edward Eyre reaches Albany, W-Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 Millard Fillmore sworn in as President of US (replacing Taylor)

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • Jul 12 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts establishment of Provincial States
  • Jul 14 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration
  • Jul 15 John Wisden bowls all 10 South batsmen, North v South at Lord's
  • Jul 17 Harvard Observatory takes 1st photograph of a star (Vega)
  • Jul 19 Airship Elizabeth leaves in storm for Fire Island, crashes (42 die)
  • Jul 23 17th Postmaster General: Nathan K Hall of NY takes office
  • Jul 25 Gold discovered in Oregon (Rogue River)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 3 Alfredo Kiel, composer
  • Jul 4 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark (d. 1927)
  • Jul 11 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader (d. 1938)
  • Jul 12 Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (d. 1912)
  • Jul 15 Francesca Xavier Cabrini, [Mother Cabrini], 1st US saint
  • Jul 18 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (d. 1939)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 22 Composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 2 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British PM/founder London Police, dies at 62

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • Jul 4 William Kirby, English entomologist (b. 1759)
  • Jul 8 Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (b. 1774)
  • Jul 9 Sajjid Ali Mohammed Bab, Persian founder of Babism

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 9 Zachary Taylor, 12th US president (1849-50), dies in White House at 65

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor
  • Jul 14 August Neander, German theologian (b. 1789)
  • Jul 19 Giovanni Ossoli, Italian marquis/revolutionary, drowned
  • Jul 19 [Sarah] Margaret Fuller Ossoli, US feminist/revolutionary, dies
  • Jul 28 Stefano Pavesi, composer, dies at 71