On This Day

What Happened in July 1803

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jul 4 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson

  • Jul 5 The convention of Artlenburg leads to the French occupation of Hanover (which had been ruled by the British king)
  • Jul 23 Republican Robert Emmet leads Irish rebellion against the British Crown in Dublin
  • Jul 26 The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 12 Peter Chanel, French priest and saint, born in Montrevel-en-Bresse, Ain, France (d. 1841)
  • Jul 20 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, born in Zürich (d. 1865)
  • Jul 23 Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Austrian lawyer and composer, born in Lubomirski Palace, Opole Lubelskie, Poland (d. 1883)
  • Jul 24 Alexander Jackson Davis, American architect (gothic revivalist), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

John Ericsson

Jul 31 John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), born in Långban, Sweden

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 5 William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Esteban Salas y Castro, Cuban composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 23 Arthur Wolfe, Irish 1st viscount Kilwarden, Chief Justice of Ireland, murdered during Irish Rebellion at 64