What Happened in July 1859

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32
  • Jul 1 Balloon covers a record 809 miles over St Louis
  • Jul 5 Capt N C Brooks discovers Midway Islands
  • Jul 8 King Charles XV/Carl IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
  • Jul 12 Paper bag manufacturing machine patents by William Goodale, Mass
  • Jul 22 V E Walker takes 10-74 in an innings for England v Surrey

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Verner von Heidenstam, Sweden, poet/novelist (Charles Men, Nobel 1916)
  • Jul 13 Sydney Webb, England, writer/husband of Beatrice Potter
  • Jul 14 Willy Hess, German violinist (d. 1928)
  • Jul 17 Luis Munoz Rivera, Puerto Rico, journalist (founded Federalist Party)
  • Jul 30 Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian (d. 1939)
  • Jul 30 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, born in Greensboro, North Carolina

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 5 Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (b. 1777)
  • Jul 8 F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
  • Jul 20 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Fantasy), dies
  • Jul 29 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, composer, dies at 63