What Happened in July 1879

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Ex-khedive Ismael Pasha sails from Alexandria to Naples
  • Jul 1 Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower.
  • Jul 4 Africaner Union forms by Rev SJ du Toit at Cape colony
  • Jul 4 Battle at Ulundi: Lord Chelmsford beats Zulu King Cetshwayo
  • Jul 16 3rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Hartley beats V Goold (6-2 6-4 6-2)
  • Jul 17 1st railroad opens in Hawaii

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Jul 19 Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up his New Mexico saloon.

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Doc Holliday
  • Jul 31 The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Leon Jouhaux, France, socialist/co-founder UN's ILO (Nobel 1951)
  • Jul 3 Philippe Gaubert, composer
  • Jul 3 Alfred Korzybski, Polish linguist (d. 1950)
  • Jul 5 Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jul 5 Dwight Filley Davis, US Sect of War/donated tennis' Davis Cup
  • Jul 5 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Tonhalle Orchestra)
  • Jul 7 Jacob Weinberg, composer
  • Jul 9 Friedrich Adler, Austria social-democrat/murderer of premier Storgkh
  • Jul 9 Ottorino Respighi, Bologna Italy, composer (Pines of Rome)
  • Jul 9 Carlos Chagas, Brazilian physician (d. 1934)
  • Jul 10 Harry Nicholls Holmes, Penn, Dr (crystallized vitamin A)
  • Jul 19 Hendrik G Cannegieter, meteorology/director (KNMI)
  • Jul 22 Gustaf Heintze, composer
  • Jul 27 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Il Libro Della Giovinezza)
  • Jul 27 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1960)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 6 Henry Thomas Smart, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 16 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
  • Jul 17 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)