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Events in History

  • Jul 4 The Cunard Line's 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end.
  • Jul 6 Christian Hebbel's "Judith" premieres in Berlin
  • Jul 15 Great Britain, Russia, Austria & Prussia sign Quadruple Alliance
  • Jul 23 Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 1 Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer
  • Jul 12 Abraham Goldfaden, Eastern European Yiddish dramatist
  • Jul 25 Flora Adams Darling, founded Daughters of American Revolution
  • Jul 27 Ranald Slidell Mackenzie, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

Deaths in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 4 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery dies at 53