On This Day

What Happened in July 1869

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Dutch newspaper stamp tax repealed
  • Jul 1 US mint at Carson City, Nevada opens
  • Jul 6 Black candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, Dr J. H. Harris defeated
  • Jul 15 Margarine is patented by Hippolye Méga-Mouriès for use by French Navy

Historic Event

Jul 19 Louis Riel speaks at a meeting of Metis residents about rights, setting in motion the events now referred to as the Red River Rebellion

  • Jul 30 The Charles, considered the world’s first "oil tanker", departs from the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 William Strunk Jr., American grammarian and author (The Elements of Style), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • Jul 8 William Vaughan Moody, American poet (Death of Eve, Faith Healer), born in Spencer, Indiana (d. 1910)
  • Jul 11 Percy McAlister, Australian cricket batsman (8 Tests; Big Six cricket dispute 1912), born in Williamstown, Australia (d. 1938)
  • Jul 14 Owen Wister, American novelist 'Father of the Western' (The Virginian), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1938)
  • Jul 29 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (17, The Magnificent Ambersons), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1946)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 15 A J Haynes, US army captain and civil war veteran, assassinated by KKK
  • Jul 22 John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), (b. 1806)
  • Jul 28 Carl Gustav Carus, German psychologist, philosopher and painter, dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Czech anatomist (b. 1787)