On This Day

What Happened in July 1896

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Harbor of Ymuiden opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan
US Secretary of State
William Jennings Bryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper
  • Jul 11 Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Jul 13 Ed Delahanty becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts
  • 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 Ranjitsinhji completes 154* on Test Cricket debut v Aust, 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.

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

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

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 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 pianist and composer, 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 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 (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 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 racing driver (Bentley Boys), born in Nottingham (d. 1933)
  • Jul 27 Henri Longchambon, French politician, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 1969)
  • Jul 28 Barbara La Marr, American actress (The White Moth), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1926)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestHarriet Beecher Stowe

Jul 1 Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (Uncle Tom's Cabin), dies at 85

Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abolitionist and Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • 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)