What Happened in July 1865

Historical Events

  • Jul 2 One-time Methodist Reform Church minister William Booth and his wife Catherine found the Salvation Army (Army of the Salvation) as the East London Christian Mission
  • Jul 4 First edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is published
  • Jul 5 Great Britain creates world's 1st speed limit law
  • Jul 5 US Secret Service begins operating under the Treasury Department
  • Jul 13 Horace Greeley reputedly advises his readers to "Go west young man"
  • Jul 13 P T Barnum's museum burns down
  • Jul 14 Whymper, Hudson, Croz, Douglas & Hadow 1st to climb Matterhorn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • Jul 22 V E Walker takes 10-104 in an innings for Middlesex v Lancashire
  • Jul 26 Patrick Francis Healy is 1st African American awarded PhD (from University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • Jul 26 The capital of New Zealand moves from Auckland to Wellington
  • Jul 27 Welsh settlers arrive at Chubut in Argentina.
  • Jul 30 Pope Pius IX visits Suriname
  • Jul 31 The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Lili Braun, Prussia, feminist/socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen)
  • Jul 6 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (d. 1950)
  • Jul 10 Jan "Pa" van der Steur, Dutch philanthropist (Steurtjes)
  • Jul 14 Annie Jones, Virginia, bearded lady
  • Jul 15 Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st viscount Northcliffe
  • Jul 15 Wilhelm Wirtinger, Austrian mathematician (d. 1945)
  • Jul 16 George A Birmingham, [Rev James Owen Hannay], novelist
  • Jul 18 Laurence Housman, England, author/playwright (Victoria Regina)
  • Jul 19 Charles Horace Mayo, surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic)
  • Jul 21 Robert Kahn, German composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1951)
  • Jul 23 Friedrich Aereboe, Dutch landlord (d. 1942)
  • Jul 23 Max Heindel, Danish Christian occultist, astrologer, and mystic (d. 1919)
  • Jul 25 Jac[obus] P. Thijsse, Dutch biologist and educator (Contact with Plants), born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • Jul 26 Philipp Scheidemann, German Parliament (SPD)/mayor of Kassel
  • Jul 29 Nicola Spinelli, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 7 Mary Surratt, & 3 other Lincoln conspirators, hanged
  • Jul 7 Lewis Paine, Lincoln conspirator (b. 1844)
  • Jul 7 David Herold, Lincoln conspirator (b. 1842)
  • Jul 15 Reinier C Bakhuizen van de Brink, Dutch historian, dies at 55
  • Jul 24 Johan Filip von Schantz, composer, dies at 30
  • Jul 25 James Barry [Margaret Ann Bulkley], British military surgeon and the 1st woman in Great Britain to become a qualified medical doctor, dies at 66 or 67
  • Jul 30 George Wright, US Union brigadier general, dies at 61