On This Day

What Happened in July 1899

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels
  • Jul 1 San Francisco City Hall turned over to city, after 29 years of building
  • Jul 19 National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers forms
  • Jul 29 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY
  • Jul 29 Southern California Golf Association forms
  • Jul 29 The First Hague Convention is signed.
  • Jul 31 Albert Trott hits Monty Noble over the Pavilion at Lord's

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Cavan O'Connor, British singer (I'm Only a Strolling Vagabond), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1997)

Charles Laughton

Jul 1 Charles Laughton, English actor (Mutiny on Bounty, Spartacus), born in Scarborough, England (d. 1962)

  • Jul 1 Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr, fictional character "Indiana Jones"
  • Jul 1 Konstantinos Tsatsos, Greek politician and 2nd President of Greece (1975-1980), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1987)
  • Jul 1 "Georgia" Tom [Dorsey], American blues and gospel pianist, songwriter ("Peace In The Valley"), and evangelist, born in Villa Rica, Georgia (d. 1993)
  • Jul 3 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, born in Verkhnodniprovsk, Ukraine (d. 1958)
  • Jul 3 Otto Reinhold, German composer, born in Erzgebirge (d. 1965)
  • Jul 3 Ludwig Guttmann, German-British neurologist, founder of the Stoke Mandeville Games (now the Paralympics), born in Tost, Prussia, German Empire (now Toszek, Poland) (d. 1980)
  • Jul 5 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, African-American social activist (NYC cabinet), born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • Jul 5 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, born in La Cruz, Chile (d. 1987)
  • Jul 5 Marcel Achard, French playwright (Jean de la Lune), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1974)

George Cukor

Jul 7 George Cukor, American film director (My Fair Lady, Philadelphia Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)

  • Jul 8 David Eli Lilienthal, US government organizer (Wisconsin)
  • Jul 10 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, born in Gränichen, Switzerland (d. 1978)

E. B. White

Jul 11 E. B. White, American writer (New Yorker: Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1985)

  • Jul 15 Seán Lemass, Irish leader (d. 1971)
  • Jul 16 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female district attorney (NY), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1970)

James Cagney

Jul 17 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

  • Jul 18 Willem Kernkamp, Dutch minister of Colonies (Islam & Woman), born in Edam, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • Jul 19 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN) and editor (The Truth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1986)

Ernest Hemingway

Jul 21 Ernest Hemingway, American author (The Old Man and the Sea, Nobel 1954), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)

  • Jul 21 Hart Crane, American poet (The Bridge), born in Garrettsville, Ohio (d. 1932)
  • Jul 23 Gustav Heinemann, President of West Germany (1969-74), born in Schwelm, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1976)
  • Jul 24 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1981)
  • Jul 25 Arthur Lubin, American film director and producer (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • Jul 25 Ralph Dumke, American actor (Movieland Quiz), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1964)
  • Jul 26 Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Italian & Roman art), born in Amsterdam (d. 1963)
  • Jul 26 Danton Walker, American columnist (Broadway Spotlight), born in Mariette, Georgia (d. 1960)
  • Jul 27 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricket slow-medium bowler (6 Tests; 17 wickets; best 7-92 1930), born in Obi Obi, Australia (d. 1976)
  • Jul 29 Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)
  • Jul 30 Gerald Moore, English pianist (Am I Too Loud), born in Watford, Hertfordshire (d. 1987)
  • Jul 30 Harry Moorman, Dutch vice-admiral (KVP), born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • Jul 30 John Woods Duke, American composer, born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1984)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 7 George Washington Julian, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Esquire Mauritius A de Savornin Lohman, Governor of Suriname, dies at 67
  • Jul 18 Horatio Alger, American clergyman and author (Disagreeable Woman, Ragged Dick), dies at 67
  • Jul 21 Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and military officer (b. 1833)
  • Jul 28 Antonio Guzmán Blanco, Military leader, diplomat and politician, President of Venezuela (1870-77, 1879-84, 1886-87), dies at 70