What Happened in July 1897

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Bronx acquires Hutton Square

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 14th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley beats Charlotte Cooper (5-7 7-5 6-2)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 1 21st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Reginald Doherty beats H Mahony (6-4 6-4 6-3)
  • Jul 11 Salomon August AndrĂ©e leaves Spitsbergen by balloon headed for the North Pole

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 The South African Committee, investigating the Jameson Raid releases its report finding that it was conducted almost implicitly through the support and encouragement of Cecil Rhodes and the mining houses in the Transvaal

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • Jul 17 1st ship arrives in Seattle carrying gold from Yukon
  • Jul 18 Cap Anson is 1st to get 3,000 hits
  • Jul 21 Tate Gallery opens in England
  • Jul 25 Writer Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories.
  • Jul 26 37.5 cm rainfall at Jewell, Maryland (state record)
  • Jul 27 14.75" (37.5 cm) of rainfall, Jewell, Maryland (state 24-hr record)
  • Jul 27 Dutch government of Pierson/Goeman Borgesius resigns

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 5 Paul Ben-Haim, [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, born in Munich. Germany
  • Jul 6 Richard Krautheimer, art Historian
  • Jul 7 Anna Luther, American silent screen actress (Sinners in Silk), born in New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • Jul 10 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director
  • Jul 10 Karl Plagge, German officer (d. 1957)
  • Jul 10 Jack "Legs" Diamond", American bootlegger (d. 1931)
  • Jul 11 Bull Connor, American law enforcement official (d. 1973)
  • Jul 17 Elbert Parr Tuttle, lawyer/judge
  • Jul 18 E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (d. 1935)
  • Jul 20 Tadeusz Reichstein, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950)
  • Jul 24 Elmar Berkovich, Hungarian/Dutch designer (Eindhoven Theatre)
  • Jul 24 Karl von Mechow, German writer (Auf Dem Wege, Vorsommer), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1960)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 24 Amelia Earhart, American aviator and 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, born in Atchison, Kansas (d. 1939)

  • Jul 25 Hermann Ambrosius, composer
  • Jul 26 Paul Gallico, American novelist (The Snow Goose), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • Jul 28 Emmy Arbous [Emilia J Henke], Dutch actress (Little Rascal), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • Jul 29 Sir Neil Ritchie, British general (d. 1983)
  • Jul 30 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician/writer (Fascism is War!)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 12 Felix Godefroid, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 14 John Franklin Farnsworth, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 77
  • Jul 16 Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert, dies
  • Jul 20 Jean Ingelow, English poet (b. 1820)
  • Jul 29 Joost G Kist, lawyer/president of High Council (1885-97), dies at 74