On This Day

What Happened in July 1846

Historical Events

  • Jul 9 Captain John B. Montgomery claims Yerba Buena (San Francisco) for US
  • Jul 9 The territory of the District of Columbia south of the Potomac River (39 mi² or about 100 km²) is returned to Virginia through an Act of Congress
  • Jul 21 Mormons found 1st English settlement in California (San Joaquin Valley)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 3 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1919)
  • Jul 11 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist, born in Périgueux, France (d. 1917)
  • Jul 19 Charles Edward Pickering, American astronomer and pioneered American spectroscopist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1919)
  • Jul 26 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy, born in Palmyra, Virginia (d. 1880)
  • Jul 29 Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil (while serving as regent signed law abolishing slavery), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1921)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 24 Joseph Leopold Eybler, Austrian composer/choir master, dies at 81
  • Jul 24 Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, French King of the Netherlands (1806-10), dies at 67