What Happened in July 1809

Historical Events

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Jul 5 -6) Battle of Wagram - Napoleon beats archduke Charles

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jul 16 La Paz, Bolivia declares its independence from the Spanish Crown and forms the Junta Tuitiva. The first independent government in Spanish America, led by Pedro Domingo Murillo
  • Jul 27 Battle of Talavera: British/Spanish army vs French army
  • Jul 30 British armed force of 39,000 lands in Walcheren
  • Jul 31 1st practical US railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn cars), Philadelphia

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 8 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja)
  • Jul 9 Frederick Henle, German pathologist
  • Jul 10 Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (d. 1889)
  • Jul 28 Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, American astronomer and Union Major General, born in Union County, Kentucky (d. 1862)
  • Jul 30 Charles Chiniquy, Quebec-born excommunicated Catholic priest (d. 1899)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (b. 1746)
  • Jul 6 Antoine Charles Louis Lasalle, French cavalry general (b. 1775)
  • Jul 24 Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer, dies at 74