On This Day

What Happened in July 1859

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Jul 1 Balloon covers a record 809 miles over St Louis
  • Jul 5 Capt N C Brooks discovers Midway Islands
  • Jul 8 King Charles XV/Carl IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway
  • Jul 11 Big Ben's second and current bell first chimes from inside the Clock Tower [1]
  • Jul 12 Paper bag manufacturing machine patents by William Goodale, Massachusetts
  • Jul 22 Underarm slow right arm bowler V E Walker takes 10-74 in 1st innings for an All-England Cricket XI v Surrey CCC at The Oval in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 4 Mickey Welch, American Baseball HOF pitcher (third to 300 career wins; Troy Trojans, New York Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1941)
  • Jul 6 Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish poet and novelist (Charles Men, Nobel 1916), born in Olshammar, Örebro County, Sweden (d. 1940)
  • Jul 8 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • Jul 13 Sydney Webb, England, writer/husband of Beatrice Potter
  • Jul 14 Willy Hess, German violinist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1939)
  • Jul 17 Luis Muñoz Rivera, Puerto Rican journalist (founded Federalist Party), born in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico (d. 1916)
  • Jul 30 Henry Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader, born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire (d. 1939)
  • Jul 30 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1951)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 5 Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (b. 1777)
  • Jul 8 Oscar I, King of Sweden and Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
  • Jul 13 Rufus Choate, American lawyer (Hall of Fame), dies at 59
  • Jul 20 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Fantasy), dies
  • Jul 23 Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French poet (Bouquets et prières), dies at 73
  • Jul 29 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, French composer, dies at 63