What Happened in July 1826

Historical Events

United States Declaration of Independence

Jul 4 Past presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both die on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, President John Quincy Adams calls "visible and palpable remarks of Divine Favor"

  • Jul 26 Riots in Vilnius, Lithuania cause the death of many Jews
  • Jul 30 Java prince Dipo Negoro surprise attacks Dutch colony, 82 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 4 Green Clay Smith, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1895)

Stephen Foster

Jul 4 Stephen Foster, American composer (Oh! Susanna; Swanee River; Beautiful Dreamer), born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

  • Jul 8 Benjamin Henry Grierson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • Jul 8 Robert Kingston Scott, American governor of South Carolina (1868-1872) and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania (d. 1900)
  • Jul 10 Theodore Lajarte, French writer on music and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1890)
  • Jul 11 Alexander Afanasyev, Russian ethnographer and folklorist, born in Boguchar, Voronezh Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1871)
  • Jul 13 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist (Reaction of Cannizzaro)
  • Jul 21 James Gillpatrick Blunt, American physician, abolitionist, and Major General (Union Army), born in Trenton, Maine (d. 1881)

Francisco Solano López

Jul 24 Francisco Solano López, President and Dictator of Paraguay (1862-70), born in Asunción, Paraguay (d. 1870)


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Famous Deaths

Thomas Jefferson

Jul 4 Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States(1801-09), dies at 83

Stamford Raffles

Jul 5 Stamford Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore dies at 44 of apoplexy

  • Jul 7 Friedrich Dülon, German flautist and composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 8 Luther Martin, American statesman (b. 1748)
  • Jul 11 Carl Bernhard Wessely, composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 17 Joseph Graetz, German organist, composer, and music educator, dies at 65
  • Jul 22 Giuseppe Piazzi, Italian astronomer (found 1st asteroid-Ceres), dies at 80
  • Jul 24 Jacob Kimball, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 25 Kondraty Fyodorovich Ryleyev, Russian poet and revolutionary (b. 1795)
  • Jul 25 Pavel Ivanovich Pestel, Russian officer, hanged at 33 [OS Jul 13]
  • Jul 26 Friedrich Wilhelm Weis, German physician and composer, dies at 82