On This Day

What Happened in July 1848

Historical Events

  • Jul 3 Slaves freed in Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands)
  • Jul 11 Edmund Hickly gets 1st known 10 wicket innings (Kent v England)
  • Jul 11 London's Waterloo Station opens
  • Jul 19 German Parliament demands Dutch province of Limburg
  • Jul 23 Battle of Custoza-Italian War of Independence, starts
  • Jul 25 1st battle at Custozza: Austrians under Radetzky beat Italian
  • Jul 29 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt - an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule put down by police

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 9 Robert I, Duke of Parma, last ruling Duke of Parma, born in Florence, Tuscany (d. 1907)
  • Jul 15 Vilfredo F D Pareto, Italian economist/sociologist
  • Jul 16 Henri Viotta, Dutch conductor and composer (Lexicon of Music), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1933)

W. G. Grace

Jul 18 W. G. Grace, English cricket all-rounder and captain (22 Tests; 54,896 runs over record 44 first class seasons; Gloucestershire), born in Bristol, England (d. 1915)

  • Jul 19 Cornelis Adrianus Pekelharing, Dutch physician, born in Zaandam, Netherlands(d. 1922)
  • Jul 22 Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1914)

Arthur Balfour

Jul 25 Arthur Balfour, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1902-05) and Foreign Secretary (Balfour Declaration), born in Whittingehame House, East Lothian, Scotland (d. 1930)

  • Jul 27 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1933)
  • Jul 27 [Roland] Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist (introduced idea of molecular surface tension), born in Buda, Hungary (d. 1919)
  • Jul 27 Friedrich Ernst Dorn, German physicist who discovered that radon is emitted from radium, born in Guttstadt, Province of Prussia (now Warmia in Poland) (d. 1916)
  • Jul 31 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), born in Paris (d. 1903)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 4 Francois Rene de Chateaubriand, French novelist (Atala), dies at 79
  • Jul 22 Karl Guhr, German composer, dies at 60