On This Day

What Happened in July 1785

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jul 4 James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • Jul 6 US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the "dollar" and adopts decimal coinage
  • Jul 12 1st manned flight by gas balloon in Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 William Jackson Hooker, English botanist and director (Kew Gardens), born in Norwich, England
  • Jul 14 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American playwright, writer and journalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1851)
  • Jul 20 Mahmud II, Sultan of Turkey (1808-39), born in Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1839)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 13 Stephen Hopkins, American politician who signed the US Declaration of Independence, dies at 78