On This Day

What Happened in July 1785

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Geologist James Hutton
Geologist
James Hutton
  • 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 writer, journalist (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