On This Day

What Happened in July 1896

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Harbor of Ymuiden opens in the Netherlands

Historic Event

Jul 1 Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as 1st French speaking Prime Minister of Canada

Presidential Convention

Jul 8 Orator William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" speech at Democratic convention in Chicago

Historic Event

Jul 8 Charles Tupper resigns as Prime Minister of Canada after losing the June 23rd election, his 69-day term the shortest in Canadian history

  • Jul 11 Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Jul 13 Philadelphia outfielder Ed Delahanty becomes second major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts at the West Side Grounds, Chicago
  • Jul 16 Indian born K S Ranjitsinhji debuts for England v Australia in 2nd Test at Old Trafford; first Indian to play Test cricket
  • Jul 18 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills: American-based Scot James Foulis wins by 3 strokes ahead of Englishman Horace Rawlins
  • Jul 18 George Giffen is 1st to complete 1000/100 double, in 30th Test Cricket
  • Jul 18 Indian born K S Ranjitsinhji completes an unbeaten 154 on Test cricket debut for England in 2nd Test against Australia at Old Trafford
  • Jul 20 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Harold Mahony beats 3-time champion Wilfred Baddeley 6-2, 6-8, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3
  • Jul 21 National Federation of Colored Women established in Washington, D.C.

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 21 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Defending champion Charlotte Cooper beats Alice Simpson Pickering 6-2, 6-3

  • Jul 26 Vitascope Hall, 1st permanent for-profit movie theatre, opens in New Orleans
  • Jul 28 City of Miami incorporated

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Pavel Antokolsky, Russian poet and theatre director (Syn), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1978)
  • Jul 2 Lydia Mei, Estonian artist who specialized in watercolors and still lifes, born in Hiiumaa, Estonia (d. 1965)
  • Jul 3 Doris Lloyd, Irish-American actress (Bachelor Father, Charley's Aunt, Sarah & Son), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1968)
  • Jul 4 Adolph Hallis, South African concert pianist, classical and film score composer, and teacher, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • Jul 4 Mao Dun [Shen Dehong], Chinese writer (Midnight), born in Tongxiang, China (d. 1981)
  • Jul 6 Thomas W McKnew, president (National Geographic Society)
  • Jul 8 Alfredo Carmelo, Filipino aviator, lithographer, and painter, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1985)
  • Jul 10 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1981)
  • Jul 13 Mordecai Ardon, Israeli painter (d. 1992)
  • Jul 14 Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchist involved in the Spanish Revolution, born in León, Spain (d. 1936)
  • Jul 16 Maurits Dekker, Dutch writer (Merkteken), born in Amsterdam (d. 1962)
  • Jul 16 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), born in Oslo (d. 1968)
  • Jul 16 Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1932)
  • Jul 16 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, born in Wildeck, German Empire (d. 1969)
  • Jul 19 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), born in Cardross (d. 1981)
  • Jul 19 Juano Hernandez, Puerto Rican stage and film actor (St Louis Blues; Stars In My Crown), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1970)
  • Jul 24 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom), born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Jul 25 Richard Gale, English general and airborne commander (Normandy), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1982)
  • Jul 25 Jack Perrin, American actor, born in Three Rivers, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • Jul 26 Charles Butterworth, American actor (Mad Genius), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • Jul 26 Henry Birkin, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans class 8.0 1929; class 3.0 1931), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1933)
  • Jul 27 Henri Longchambon, French politician, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 1969)
  • Jul 28 Barbara La Marr [Reatha Watson], American vaudeville and silent film actress (The White Moth), and screenwriter,born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1926)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 6 Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin, Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 11 Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist/historian (Olympia), dies at 81
  • Jul 13 August Kekule von Stradonitz, German chemist who discovered structure of benzene ring, dies at 66
  • Jul 16 Edmond-Louis-Antoine Huot de Goncourt, novelist, dies at 74
  • Jul 16 William Hamilton Gibson, illustrator/author/novelist, dies
  • Jul 19 Abraham H. Cannon, American Mormon apostle (b. 1859)