On This Day

What Happened in July 1851

Historical Events

  • Jul 13 John F Loudon discovers tin on East Indian Island of Billiton
  • Jul 23 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux signed by Sioux Indians and US
  • Jul 28 Total solar eclipse captured on a daguerreotype photograph
  • Jul 29 Annibale de Gasparis discovers asteroid 15 Eunomia

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 7 Lillien Jane Martin, American psychologist who founded the world's 1st gerontology clinic in San Francisco, born in Olean, New York (d. 1943)
  • Jul 7 Charles Tindley, American gospel music composer (I'll Overcome Someday), and Methodist minister, born in Berlin, Maryland (d. 1933)
  • Jul 8 Arthur Evans, English archaeologist (discovered the Minoan palace of Knossos in Crete), born in Nash Mills, England (d. 1941)
  • Jul 11 Millie & Christine McCoy, American siamese twins born slaves in Whiteville, North Carolina (d.1912)
  • Jul 15 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (d. 1889)
  • Jul 19 Hendrik Jut, Dutch murderer (Head of Jut), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1878)
  • Jul 21 Sam Bass, American Old West train robber and outlaw, born in Mitchell, Indiana (d. 1878)
  • Jul 23 Charles Bannerman, Australian cricket batsman (3 Tests; first centurion in Test history 165* 1877), born in Woolwich, Kent, England (d. 1930)
  • Jul 24 Friedrich Schottky, German mathematician (Schottky's theorem), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1935)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 4 Martin-Joseph Mengal, Belgian composer, and educator (Royal Conservatory of Ghent, 1835-51), dies at 67
  • Jul 5 Juanita, Mexican, lynched by California gold diggers
  • Jul 6 Thomas Davenport, American inventor (invented 1st commercial electric motor), dies at 48
  • Jul 17 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, librettist, and actor, dies at 37