On This Day

What Happened in July 1802

Historical Events

  • Jul 4 The 1st US Military Academy at West Point opens
  • Jul 4 US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
  • Jul 7 1st comic book "The Wasp" is published in Hudson, New York criticizing Republican politicians

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Gideon Welles, 24th U.S. secretary of the navy under presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, born in Glastonbury, Connecticut (d. 1878)
  • Jul 3 Joseph Labitzky, Bohemian composer, born in Krásno, Czech Republic (d. 1881)
  • Jul 9 Thomas Davenport, American iventor (invented 1st commercial electric motor), born in Williamstown, Vermont (d. 1837)
  • Jul 12 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1871)
  • Jul 15 John Barnett, English composer (d. 1892)
  • Jul 21 David Hunter, American Major General (Union Army), born in Troy, New York (d. 1886)

Person of interestAlexandre Dumas

Jul 24 Alexandre Dumas, French author (The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo), born in Aisne, France (d. 1870)

  • Jul 26 Winthrop Mackworth Praed, English politician and poet, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • Jul 26 Mariano Arista, President of Mexico (1851-53), born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (d. 1855)
  • Jul 27 Benedikt Randhartinger, Austrian composer, born in Ruprechtshofen, Austria (d. 1893)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 6 Daniel Morgan, American soldier and politician (Battle of Cowpens, Whiskey Rebellion), dies at 66

Person of interestMarie Francois Xavier Bichat

Jul 22 Marie François Xavier bichat, French anatomist and physiologist (tissue theory), dies at 30 after falling down stairs at the Hotel-Dieu and acquiring a fever

Anatomist and Physiologist Marie Francois Xavier Bichat
Anatomist and Physiologist
Marie Francois Xavier Bichat
  • Jul 28 Giuseppe Sarti, Italian composer (Il er pastore, Ifigenia), dies at 72