On This Day

Famous People Born in July 1818

  • Jul 1 Ignaz Semmelweis, Hungarian physician who discovered the cause of puerperal (childbed) fever and introduced antisepsis into medical practice, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1865)
  • Jul 6 Adolf Anderssen, German world chess champion (1851-66), born in Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1879)
  • Jul 10 John Stuart Williams, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky (d. 1898)
  • Jul 14 Nathaniel Lyon, American Brigadier General (Union Army), 1st Union General to die in battle, born in Ashford, Connecticut (d. 1861)
  • Jul 15 Heinrich Esser, German violinist and composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1872)
  • Jul 18 Louis Gerhard De Geer, 1st Swedish Prime Minister (1876-80), born in Finspång Castle, Sweden (d. 1896)
  • Jul 24 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1897)

Person of interestEmily Brontë

Jul 30 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1848)

  • Jul 30 John Heemskerk, Dutch politician (Minister of the Interior 1866-88), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1897)
  • Jul 31 Heinrich Kiepert, German cartographer/geographer