Historical Events in July 1816

  • Jul 1 French frigate Medusa wrecked; basis of GĂ©ricault's painting "Raft of the Medusa"
  • Jul 3 French frigate "Medusa" runs aground off Cap Blanc. Gross incompetence kills 150 in calm seas
  • Jul 8 Frost in Waltham, Massachusetts during "year without a summer"
  • Jul 9 Argentina declares independence from Spain
  • Jul 19 Survivors of French frigate Medusa rescued off Senegal after 17 days
  • Jul 27 US troops destroy Fort Apalachicola, a Seminole fort, to punish Indians for harboring runaway slaves