What Happened in July 1855

Historical Events


Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 4 In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, "Leaves of Grass" is published

  • Jul 20 1st train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in Netherlands
  • Jul 31 Hottest July in Stockholm since at least 1756 (21.4°C avg)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 3 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1934)
  • Jul 7 Ludwig Ganghofer, German writer (d. 1920)
  • Jul 9 Johann Zilcher, German composer (d. 1943)
  • Jul 14 Richard Samuel Hughes, composer
  • Jul 16 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer (d. 1923)
  • Jul 19 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)
  • Jul 25 Edward Solomon, English composer, born in Lambeth, London (d. 1895)
  • Jul 26 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist and philosopher, born in Oldenswort, Germany (d. 1936)
  • Jul 30 James E. Kelly, American sculptor "Sculptor of American History", born in NYC, New York (d. 1933)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 7 Konstantin Batyushkov, Russian poet (b. 1787)
  • Jul 8 William Parry, English Arctic explorer (Parry Channel), dies at 64
  • Jul 9 FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, British Army officer (commander of the British forces during the Crimean War), dies of dysentery in Crimea at 66