On This Day

What Happened in July 1819

Historical Events

  • Jul 3 1st savings bank in US (Bank of Savings in NYC) opens its doors

Historic Event

Jul 4 William Herschel makes last telescopic observation of 1819 comet

Historic Event

Jul 16 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen sets sail to explore Antarctica for Tsar Alexander I


Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer and piano pedagogue (The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises), born in Renescure, France (d. 1900)
  • Jul 2 Thomas Anderson, Scottish chemist (discovered pyridine), born in Leith, Scotland (d. 1874)
  • Jul 3 Louis Théodore Gouvy, French-German composer, born in Sarre (d. 1898)
  • Jul 4 Reuben Fenton, American merchant and politician (22nd Governor of New York), born in Carroll, New York (d. 1885)
  • Jul 6 Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke, German physician and physiologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1892)
  • Jul 8 Alexander Hays, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • Jul 8 Vatroslav Lisinski [Ignatius Fuchs], Croatian composer (Love and Malice), born in Zagreb, Kingdom of Croatia, Austrian Empire (d. 1854)
  • Jul 8 Francis Leopold McClintock, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1907)

Elias Howe

Jul 9 Elias Howe, American inventor (invented sewing machine), born in Spencer, Massachusetts (d. 1867)

  • Jul 19 Gottfried Keller, German-Swiss poet and novelist, born in Zurich (d. 1890)
  • Jul 20 Paul Henrion, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1901)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Jemima Wilkinson [Publick Universal Friend], American preacher, founded Universal Friends sect, dies at 66
  • Jul 20 John Playfair, Scottish geologist/mathematician, dies
  • Jul 24 Sophie Gail, French singer and composer, dies at 43