On This Day

What Happened in July 1847

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin and 10 cent Washington, NYC
  • Jul 2 Envelope bearing 1st US 10 cent stamps used (still exists today)

Historic Event

Jul 10 Urbain Le Leverrier and John Couch Adams, co-discoverers of Neptune, meet for 1st time at home of John Herschel

  • Jul 20 German astronomer Theodor discovers Comet Brorsen-Metcalf

Historic Event

Jul 24 Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Jul 24 Rotary-type printing press patents received by Richard March Hoe, NYC
  • Jul 26 Moses Gerrish Farmer builds 1st miniature train for children to ride
  • Jul 26 The Liberian Declaration of Independence is signed making Liberia a sovereign nation, independent from the American Colonization Society
  • Jul 29 Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Marcel Bertrand, French geologist and mine engineer (tectonic geology), born in Paris (d. 1907)

James Anthony Bailey

Jul 4 James Anthony Bailey, American circus ringmaster and showman (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1906)

  • Jul 5 Agnes Zimmermann, German composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1925)
  • Jul 20 Max Liebermann, German impressionist painter
  • Jul 31 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), born in Havana (d. 1905)

Famous Weddings

Otto von Bismarck

Jul 28 Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (32) weds noblewoman Johanna von Puttkamer (23) in Kolczyglowy, Poland

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 George F Kersting, German painter, dies at 61
  • Jul 11 Joachim le Sage ten Broek, Dutch notary and publicist, dies at 71
  • Jul 19 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, German-Dutch organist and composer (Wien Neêrlands Bloed - Dutch national anthem, 1815-1932), dies at 75