What Happened in July 1879

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Ex-khedive Ismael Pasha sails from Alexandria to Naples
  • Jul 1 Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower
  • Jul 4 Africaner Union forms by Rev SJ du Toit at Cape colony
  • Jul 4 Battle at Ulundi: Lord Chelmsford beats Zulu King Cetshwayo
  • Jul 12 Agricultural and industrial tariffs are introduced in Germany
  • Jul 16 3rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Hartley beats V Goold (6-2 6-4 6-2)
  • Jul 17 1st railroad opens in Hawaii

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Jul 19 Doc Holliday kills for the first time after a man shoots up his New Mexico saloon

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  • Jul 31 The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Leon Jouhaux, French socialist/co-founder UN's ILO (Nobel 1951)
  • Jul 3 Philippe Gaubert, French musician and composer, born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)
  • Jul 3 Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American scientist and philosopher, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1950)
  • Jul 5 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1959)
  • Jul 5 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of Davis Cup, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1945)
  • Jul 5 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Tonhalle Orchestra), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • Jul 7 Jacob Weinberg, Rusian-born Jewish composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • Jul 9 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician, revolutionary and murderer of premier Storgkh, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1960)
  • Jul 9 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Pines of Rome), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1936)
  • Jul 9 Carlos Chagas, Brazilian sanitary physician, born in Oliveira, Minas Gerais, Empire of Brazil (d. 1934)
  • Jul 10 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), born in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • Jul 12 Han Yong-woon, Korean Buddhist reformer and poet, born in Yucheon, Hongseong, South Korea (d. 1944)
  • Jul 19 Hendrik Gerrit Cannegieter, meteorology/director (KNMI), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • Jul 22 Gustaf Heintze, composer
  • Jul 27 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Il Libro Della Giovinezza)
  • Jul 27 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1960)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 6 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 16 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
  • Jul 17 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)