On This Day

What Happened in July 1873

Historical Events

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Jul 1 Henry Ossian Flipper of Georgia enters West Point Military Academy

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • Jul 1 Prince Edward Island becomes 7th Canadian province
  • Jul 4 Aquarium opens in Woodward Gardens, San Francisco

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Jul 10 French poet Paul Verlaine wounds Arthur Rimbaud with pistol

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Jul 21 Jesse James and James Younger gang's 1st train robbery at Adair, Iowa

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Alice Guy-Blaché, French film director who was the first woman to direct a film (The Fairy of the Cabbages), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • Jul 17 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Rigoletto)
  • Jul 19 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • Jul 20 Witold Maliszewski, Polish composer (founder and first director of Odessa Conservatory), born in Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1939)
  • Jul 20 Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian aviator (d. 1932)
  • Jul 22 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian composer and pianist, born in Seregno (d. 1957)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 5 John Robertson, American politician, dies at 87
  • Jul 14 Ferdinand David, German violinist and composer (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), dies at 63
  • Jul 19 Samuel Wilberforce, English bishop and one of the greatest public speakers of his day (remembered for his opposition to Darwin's theory of evolution), dies at 67