What Happened in July 1872

Historical Events

  • Jul 9 Doughnut cutter patents by John Blondel, Thomaston, Me
  • Jul 18 The Ballot Act introduces the secret ballot in elections in Britain; previously votes were made openly.
  • Jul 30 Mahlon Loomis patents wireless telegraphy

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Louis Bleriot, 1st man to fly an airplane across English Channel
  • Jul 3 Habib Ullah Chan, emir of Afghanistam (1901-19)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 4 Calvin Coolidge [Silent Cal], 30th US President (R) (1923-29), born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont (d. 1933)

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • Jul 5 Edouard Herriot, French politician (d. 1957)
  • Jul 7 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer
  • Jul 13 Alfons van de Perre, Flemish physician/MP

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 16 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, born in Borge, Østfold, Norway (d. 1928)

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Jul 18 Julius Fucik, composer
  • Jul 20 Alick Maclean, composer
  • Jul 20 Deodat de Severac, composer
  • Jul 22 David D Salas, Antillian writer (Josefina)
  • Jul 26 George Louis Beer, historian (authority on British colonies)
  • Jul 27 Stanislav Binicki, composer
  • Jul 28 Albert P Sarraut, Fren gov-gen of Indo-China (1911..19)/PM (1933/36)
  • Jul 29 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
  • Jul 30 Clementine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 20 Inventor Karl Benz (27) weds Bertha Ringer

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 18 Benito Juarez, Cuban justice/general (battle of Acapulco), dies at 66
  • Jul 26 Michele Carafa, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 28 Friedrich Kaiser, astronomer (Kaiser-Compass), dies