What Happened in July 1817

Historical Events

  • Jul 4 Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, (Rome, New York), one of the first great engineering works in North America
  • Jul 12 1st flower show held in Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland
  • Jul 12 Karl Drais von Sauerbronn demonstrates bicycle course

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)

Person of interestHenry David Thoreau

Jul 12 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), born in Concord, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • Jul 15 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway)
  • Jul 17 Ignace Leybach, French pianist and composer, born in Gambsheim, Alsace, France (d. 1891)
  • Jul 19 Mary Ann Bickerdyke, American army nurse (union), born in Knox County, Ohio (d. 1901)
  • Jul 21 John Gilbert, British artist, illustrator and engraver, born in Blackheath, Surrey (d. 1897)
  • Jul 21 Joseph K Barnes, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • Jul 24 Adolphe [Adolf Wilhelm August Karl Friedrich], Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905), born in Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Duchy of Nassau (d. 1905)
  • Jul 29 James Blair Steedman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • Jul 31 Philip Cook Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1894)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 14 Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, Swiss author (b. 1766)

Person of interestJane Austen

Jul 18 Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), dies at 41

Novelist Jane Austen
Novelist
Jane Austen