On This Day

What Happened in July 1885

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The United States terminates reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada
  • Jul 2 Canada's North-west Insurrection ends with surrender of Big Bear

Historic Event

Jul 6 Louis Pasteur successfully give an anti-rabies vaccine to 9-year-old Joseph Meister, saving his life

  • Jul 6 William T. Stead's "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon" 1st published, describes how he was able to buy a 13 year old girl in "The Pall Mall Gazette"
  • Jul 13 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 5 straight Wimbledon titles for William Renshaw; for second consecutive year he beats Herbert Lawford 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
  • Jul 17 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Defending champion Maud Watson defeats Blanche Bingley 6–1, 7–5

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 5 André Lhote, French painter and art historian (Traité du paysage), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1962)
  • Jul 6 Ernst Busch, German field marshal (WWII), born in Essen, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • Jul 7 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer
  • Jul 8 Emil Bloch, German Marxist philosopher, born in Ludwigshafen, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Jul 8 Hugo Boss, German fashion designer (Hugo Boss), born in Metzingen, Kingdom of Württemberg (d. 1948)
  • Jul 11 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor/painter
  • Jul 12 George Butterworth, English composer, born in Paddington, London (d. 1916)
  • Jul 14 Sisavang Vong, King of Laos (1904-59), born in Luang Phrabang (d. 1959)
  • Jul 17 Benjamin Dale, British composer (Before the Paling of the Stars; The Flowing Tide), and educator (Royal Academy), born in Upper Holloway, Islington, England (d. 1943)
  • Jul 20 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian/critic
  • Jul 21 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • Jul 24 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, born in Nagybecskerek, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • Jul 25 Benito Lynch, Irish-Argentine writer (Caranchos de la Florida), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1951)
  • Jul 26 Andre Maurois [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac), born in Elbeuf, France (d. 1967)
  • Jul 29 Theda Bara, American film actress (Cleopatra, The Unchastened Woman), born in Avondale, Ohio (d. 1955)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling's reagens), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Nicola De Giosa, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 8 Henry Waelput, Flemish compose and conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies at 39
  • Jul 15 Rosalia de Castro, Spanish writer and poet in the Galician language ('Séculos Escuros') (b. 1837)
  • Jul 17 Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (considered Father of the Canadian Confederation), dies at 73