On This Day

What Happened in July 1773

Historical Events

  • Jul 20 Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)
  • Jul 21 Pope Clemens XIV bans Jesuits
  • Jul 29 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio
  • Jul 29 Santa Marta earthquakes destroy much of the capitol city of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, New Spain (now Antigua, Guatemala); over 500 killed instantly, and 600 more die later from resulting disease and starvation

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, Czech composer, born in Choceň, Czech Republic (d. 1830)
  • Jul 13 Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies about Art), born in Berlin (d. 1798)
  • Jul 23 Karl Ludwig Hellwig, German composer, born in Bliesdorf, Germany (d. 1838)
  • Jul 23 Thomas Brisbane, British soldier, administrator and astronomer, born in Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1860)
  • Jul 27 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman, born in Porsgrunn, Norway (d. 1844)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 5 Francisco José Freire, Portuguese historian and philologist (b. 1719)
  • Jul 7 Cornelis Douwes, Dutch mathematician and astronomer, dies at 60
  • Jul 12 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist and composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 23 George Edwards, English naturalist and ornithologist (father of British ornithology), dies at 79