On This Day

What Happened in July 1843

Historical Events

The Day an Alligator Fell from the Sky

Jul 2 An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina

  • Jul 5 Committee of 9 appointed to establish civil government in Oregon Country

Historic Event

Jul 12 Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy

SS Great Britain

Jul 19 The steamship SS Great Britain is launched, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and the largest vessel afloat in the world


Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 5 Mandell Creighton, British historian and a bishop of the Church of England, born in Carlisle, Cumbria, England (d. 1901)

Camillo Golgi

Jul 7 Camillo Golgi, Italian physician and medical researcher (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1906), born in Corteno, Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia, Austrian Empire (d. 1926)

  • Jul 29 Johannes Schmidt, German linguist (d. 1901)
  • Jul 31 Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet and Nobel Prize laureate, born in Krieglach, Austria (d. 1918)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Samuel Hahnemann, German physician, originator of homeopathy, dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Washington Allston, American painter (pioneer of America's Romantic movement of landscape painting) and author, dies at 63
  • Jul 16 Hubert Matthijs Adriaan Jan van Asch van Wijck, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 68
  • Jul 25 Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and inventor (b. 1766)