On This Day

What Happened in July 1766

Historical Events

  • Jul 9 British premier Marquess of Rockingham resigns
  • Jul 18 Society of the Dutch Literary forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Alexander Wilson, Scottish-American ornithologist and naturalist, born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 1813)
  • Jul 8 Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • Jul 9 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, born in Gdańsk, Royal Prussia, Crown of the Kingdom of Poland (d. 1838)
  • Jul 9 Jacob Perkins, American inventor (father of the refrigerator), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1849)
  • Jul 18 Friedrich Fleischmann, German composer, born in Marktheidenfeld, Germany (d. 1798)
  • Jul 20 Thomas Bruce, 7th earl of Elgin & Kincardine, British diplomat, born in Broomhall, Fife, Scotland (d. 1841)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 9 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, dies at 45
  • Jul 11 Elizabeth Farnese, wife of Philip V of Spain (b. 1692)
  • Jul 14 František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect and builder, dies at 91
  • Jul 17 Giuseppe Castiglione, Italian Jesuit brother and missionary to China, dies at 77
  • Jul 20 Isabelle Farnese, queen of Spain, dies