On This Day

What Happened in July 1872

Historical Events

  • Jul 9 Doughnut cutter patents granted to John Blondel, Thomaston, Maine
  • Jul 18 The Ballot Act introduces the secret ballot in elections in Britain; previously votes made openly

Historic Invention

Jul 23 African American inventor Elijah McCoy is granted a patent for lubricators for steam-engines

  • Jul 30 Mahlon Loomis patents wireless telegraphy

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Louis Blériot, French aviator and 1st man to fly an airplane across English Channel, born in Cambrai, France (d. 1936)
  • Jul 3 Habibullah Khan, Emir of Afghanistan (1901-19), born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (d. 1919)

Calvin Coolidge

Jul 4 Calvin Coolidge [Silent Cal], 30th US President (R) (1923-29), born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont (d. 1933)

  • Jul 5 Édouard Herriot, French politician (served 3 times as Prime Minister of France), born in Troyes, France (d. 1957)
  • Jul 7 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer

Emil Hácha

Jul 12 Emil Hácha, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1938-9, State President of Bohemia and Moravia, 1939-1945), born in Trhové Sviny, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)

  • Jul 13 Alfons van de Perre, Flemish physician/MP

Roald Amundsen

Jul 16 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, born in Borge, Østfold, Norway (d. 1928)

  • Jul 18 Julius Fučík, Czech composer, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1916)
  • Jul 20 Alexander "Alick" Maclean, British composer and conductor (Scarborough Spa Orchestra, 1912-35), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England (d. 1936) [1]
  • Jul 20 Déodat de Séverac, French composer (Cerdaña), born in Saint-Félix-de-Caraman, France (d. 1921)
  • Jul 22 David D Salas, Antillian writer (Josefina)
  • Jul 26 George Louis Beer, American historian (authority on British colonies), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1920)
  • Jul 27 Stanislav Binički, Serbian composer, born in Jasika, Kruševac, Principality of Serbia (d. 1942)
  • Jul 28 Albert Sarraut, French Radical politician, Prime Minister of France (1933 and 36), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1962)
  • Jul 29 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
  • Jul 30 Clémentine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte V, born in Royal Castle of Laeken, Brussels (d. 1955)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 18 Benito Juarez, Cuban justice/general (battle of Acapulco), dies at 66
  • Jul 26 Michele Carafa, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 28 Friedrich Kaiser, Dutch astronomer (Kaiser-Compass), dies at 64