On This Day

What Happened in July 1838

Historical Events

  • Jul 4 Iowa Territory is organised from Wisconsin Territory, lasting until 1846
  • Jul 4 Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 'Mines and Collieries Act' bans women and children working underground
  • Jul 7 Central American federation is dissolved
  • Jul 8 Arabs attack Jewish community of Safed

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 6 Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian scholar of Slavic studies, born in Varaždin, Austrian Empire (d. 1923)

Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Jul 8 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany (d. 1917)

  • Jul 11 John Wanamaker, American merchant (Wanamakers Department Store), pioneer in marketing and Postmaster General, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1922)
  • Jul 19 Joel Asaph Allen, American zoologist (Allen's rule) and first curator of birds and mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • Jul 20 Augustin Daly, American playwright and theatrical manager, born in Plymouth, North Carolina (d. 1899)
  • Jul 20 George Otto Trevelyan, British statesman and biographer (d. 1928)
  • Jul 23 Édouard Colonne, French composer and violinist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1910)
  • Jul 30 Eugen Richter, German politician (Liberal), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1906)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 10 Willem earl van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial governor, dies at about 43
  • Jul 17 John Whites, hydraulic engineer, dies at 82
  • Jul 19 Frédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy, French horn player and composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Bernhard Henrik Crusell, Swedish-Finnish composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 29 Jonathan Huntington, composer, dies at 66