On This Day

What Happened in July 1759

Historical Events

  • Jul 25 British capture Fort Niagara from French (7 Years' War)
  • Jul 26 11,000 British troops drive a token French garrison of 400 out of Fort Ticonderoga, New York

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 10 Sophia Maria Westenholz (née Fritscher), German singer, composer, and educator, born in Neubrandenburg, Swedish Pomerania (now Germany) (d. 1838)
  • Jul 19 Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox Saint, born in Kursk, Russian Empire (d. 1833) [OS]
  • Jul 24 Victor Emmanuel I, King of Sardinia (1802-21), born in Royal Palace of Turin, Italy (d. 1824)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 6 William Pepperrell, British colonial soldier, dies at 63
  • Jul 25 Johann Christoph Altnikol, German organist, bass singer, composer, and J.S. Bach's son-in-law and copyist, dies at 39
  • Jul 25 Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, dies at 59
  • Jul 27 Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, French mathematician and astronomer (Système de la nature), dies at 60