On This Day

What Happened in July 1845

Historical Events


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Jul 3 Pioneering French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin opens his magic theatre in Paris

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Jul 4 Henry David Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • Jul 4 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US
  • Jul 14 1st postmasters' provisional stamps issued, NYC
  • Jul 16 NY Yacht Club holds its 1st regatta
  • Jul 19 Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes and kills many

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 4 Thomas John Barnardo, British social worker, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1905)
  • Jul 18 Tristan Corbière, French poet, born in Morlaix, Brittany, France (d. 1875)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 9 Jacob earl of Rechteren/Appeltern, gov of Gelderland, dies at 57
  • Jul 12 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet (Creation, Humanity, and Messiah) and author, dies at 37

Person of interestCharles Grey

Jul 17 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1830-34), dies at 81

British Prime Minister Charles Grey
British Prime Minister
Charles Grey