On This Day

What Happened in July 1808

Historical Events

  • Jul 2 Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser River, British Columbia, lands at Musqueam
  • Jul 15 French marshal Joachim Murat becomes king of Naples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 20 Napoleon decrees all French Jews adopt family names

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jul 28 Mahmud II succeeds Mustafa IV as sultan of Turkey

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 9 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier, born in Mason County, Kentucky (d. 1887)
  • Jul 10 Solomon Northup, American abolitionist and author (12 Years a Slave), born Minerva, New York (or 10 Jul 1807) (d. 1863)
  • Jul 15 Henry Cole, English Inventor and civil servant, 1st director of the V&A Museum, promoter of 1851 Great Exhibition, born in Bath, England (d. 1882)
  • Jul 15 Henry Edward Manning, cardinal/archbishop (Westminster)
  • Jul 21 Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and politician, born in Bocșa, Sălaj, Ottoman Empire (d. 1864)
  • Jul 28 Charles Lucas, English composer, Principle of the Royal Academy of Music, born in Salisbury, England (d. 1869)
  • Jul 31 Frederick Crouch, English-born composer, born in London, England (d. 1896)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 20 François-Hippolyte Barthélémon, French composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 29 Selam III, poet/composer/sultan of Turkey (1789-1808), dies