What Happened in July 1803

Historical Events

  • Jul 4 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people
  • Jul 5 The convention of Artlenburg leads to the French occupation of Hanover (which had been ruled by the British king)
  • Jul 23 Robert Emmett leads rebellion 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 (d. 1841)
  • Jul 20 Jakob Zeugheer, composer
  • Jul 23 Johann Vesque von Puttlingen, composer
  • Jul 24 Alexander Jackson Davis, American architect (gothic revivalist), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Person of interestJohn Ericsson

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

Mechanical Inventor John Ericsson
Mechanical Inventor
John Ericsson

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 5 William Jackson, (Jackson of Exeter), English composer and organist, dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Esteban Salas y Castro, composer, dies
  • Jul 23 Arthur Wolfe, 1st viscount Kilwarden/Chief Justice of Ireld, murdered