July 1920 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Sir Herbert Samuel takes over as high commissioner over Palestine, where Arab resistance to the British mandate continues
  • Jul 3 Java Technical School Bandung opens
  • Jul 3 Royal Air Force holds an air display at Hendon, England
  • Jul 4 The provisional government of Siberia's Maritime Province agrees to hand over parts of the strategic oil- and coal-rich Sakhalin Islands to Japan
  • Jul 6 Yankees score 14 in 5th inning & beat Washington Senators, 17-0
  • Jul 10 Tris Speaker is stopped at 11 consecutive hits by Tom Zachary
  • Jul 11 East and West Prussia vote in a plebiscite to become part of Germany, though a slice of West Prussia will be handed to Poland to provide a 'Polish Corridor'
  • Jul 12 Lithuania & USSR sign peace treaty, Lithuania becomes independent republic
  • Jul 15 Ruth ties his record of 29 HRs in a season
  • Jul 16 China joins the League of Nations
  • Jul 16 Gen Amos Fries appointed 1st US army chemical warfare chief
  • Jul 16 Ruth sets season home run record with 30 en route to 54
  • Jul 21 Irish Nationalist and Loyalists engage in street fighting over the issue of Irish independence from Britain, though Loyalist are reinforced by 1500 British Auxiliaries and 5800 British troops
  • Jul 23 British East Africa renamed Kenya & becomes a British crown colony
  • Jul 27 Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation
  • Jul 29 1st transcontinental airmail flight from NY to SF
  • Jul 29 Mexican rebel Pancho Villa surrenders
  • Jul 29 Construction of the Link River Dam begins as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 2 Eliseo Diego, latin American poet
  • Jul 3 Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door, Got a Secret), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 4 Leona Helmsley, (wife of Harry), real estate billionaire/tax cheat
  • Jul 5 Mary Louise Hancock, American politician and activist
  • Jul 8 Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish industrialist (Lego Group) (d. 1995)
  • Jul 10 Owen Chamberlain, physicist/co-discoverer (antiproton, Nobel-1959)
  • Jul 12 HonorĂ© Desmond Sharrer, West Point New York, American artist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12 Pierre Berton, Canadian author (War of 1812), born in Whitehorse, Yukon (d. 2004)

  • Jul 13 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher
  • Jul 15 Eldon Rudd, (Rep-R-AZ, 1977- )
  • Jul 15 Ruthven Wade, British Air Chief marshal
  • Jul 17 Gordon Gould, American physicist, inventor of the laser, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • Jul 20 Elliot L Richardson, Attorney General (1973)/Sec of Defense (1973)
  • Jul 20 Jack Harman, British general
  • Jul 20 Jeffrey Petersen, British diplomat
  • Jul 20 Lev Aronin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1950)
  • Jul 21 Constantly, [A Nieuwenhuys], painter (Uprising of Homo Ludens)
  • Jul 22 Hugh Dundas, fighter pilot/businessman
  • Jul 22 Malcolm Hughes, British artist, born in Manchester
  • Jul 23 Marcel Maeyer, [de Maeyer], Belgian sculptor/graphic artist
  • Jul 24 Alexander H Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 24 Bella Abzug, (Rep-D-NY, 1970-74)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 25 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, born in London (d. 1958)

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • Jul 27 James Munn, commissioner (British University)
  • Jul 29 Neville Jeffress, Australian founder of Media Monitors Australia (d. 2007)
  • Jul 31 James Esdras Faust, American religious leader (d. 2007)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 5 Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop (27) weds Anna Elisabeth Henkell

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (b. 1846)
  • Jul 5 Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor, dies at 63
  • Jul 10 Eugenie M de Montijo y de Guzman, Emperor of France, dies at 94
  • Jul 10 John A "Jacky" Kilverston, adm/designer (dreadnought), dies at 79
  • Jul 10 Jackie Fisher, British admiral (b. 1841)
  • Jul 22 William Kissam Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1849)
  • Jul 23 Conrad Kohrs, German-born rancher (b. 1835)