On This Day

What Happened in July 1845

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 4 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US
  • Jul 14 1st postmasters' provisional stamps issued, NYC
  • 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 6 Ángela Peralta, Mexican operatic soprano, harpist, pianist, and composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1883)
  • Jul 18 Tristan Corbière, French poet, born in Morlaix, Brittany, France (d. 1875)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 12 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet (Creation, Humanity, and Messiah) and author, dies at 37

Charles Grey

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