On This Day

What Happened in July 1902

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Ranji (230) & Newham (153) add 344 for 7th wkt, Sussex v Essex
  • Jul 1 US Congress passes the Philippines Government Act, providing that the Philippines be governed by a commission appointed by the President, with consent from the senate; Filipinos are to be treated as citizens of their land, no the USA

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Muriel Robb wins her only major title with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper

Historic Event

Jul 4 Civil government is established in the Philippines by a proclamation from US President Theodore Roosevelt, who offers a general amnesty to insurgents

  • Jul 5 All-rounder Monty Noble takes 6 for 52 as Australia wins the one and only cricket Test played at Sheffield's Bramall Lane, England

Sports History

Jul 8 Baltimore manager John McGraw is accused by AL President Ban Johnson of trying to wreck the Orioles & Washington Senators; negotiates his release from the Orioles, having already signed with NY Giants

Historic Event

Jul 11 British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury resigns

  • Jul 12 Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage

Historic Event

Jul 12 Arthur Balfour succeeds Lord Salisbury, who retired as British Prime Minister on 11 July

  • Jul 14 The Campanile in St Mark's Square, Venice collapses, also demolishing the loggetta (reconstructed 1912)
  • Jul 15 Indian born England Test batsman K S Ranjitsinhji scores 180 before lunch for Sussex v Surrey in a county cricket match at Hastings; finishes unbeaten on 234
  • Jul 16 John McGraw officially becomes manager of MLB New York Giants; 30 year tenure begins (1902-32)
  • Jul 17 Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL
  • Jul 17 Lord Tennyson, son of the poet, is named to succeed Lord Hopetown, first governor general of Australia
  • Jul 23 Dutch Excelsior soccer club is established in Rotterdam (Eerste Divisie winners 1973-4, 78-79, 2005-06)

Sports History

Jul 24 Victor Trumper scores a century for Australia before lunch 4th Test Cricket v England

  • Jul 24 In Turkey, the Sultan Abdul-Hamid, under pressure from within the Ottoman Empire, appoints a commission to consider reforms that might pacify Macedonian revolutionaries

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 25 3 years after winning the title from English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, American champion James J. Jeffries repeats the dose with an 8th round KO in San Francisco for the heavyweight crown

  • Jul 26 Australia beat England by 3 runs at Old Trafford
  • Jul 29 Union of Orthodox Rabbis of US and Canada forms
  • Jul 30 Anti-Jewish rioters attack funeral procession of Rabbi Joseph (NYC)

Famous Birthdays

William Wyler

Jul 1 William Wyler, American film director (Ben-Hur, Mrs Miniver), born in Mülhausen, Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire (d. 1981)

  • Jul 1 José Luis Sert, Spanish-American architect and urban developer, born in Barcelona (d. 1983)
  • Jul 3 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; Test selector 1958-63; president NZ Cricket Council 1964-67), born in Brightwater, NZ (d. 1996)

George Murphy

Jul 4 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1992)

Meyer Lansky

Jul 4 Meyer Lansky, Polish-born American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", born in Grodno, Russian Empire (d. 1983)

  • Jul 4 Vince Barnett, American actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • Jul 5 Frank Waters, American writer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • Jul 5 Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., American politician (Sen-R) and ambassador (West Germany, Vietnam & UN), born in Nahant, Massachusetts (d. 1985)
  • Jul 7 James McCartney, father of Beatle Paul McCartney
  • Jul 7 Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jul 9 Gerhard Pohl, German writer (Crazy Ferdinand), born in Trachenberg, Silesia (d. 1966)
  • Jul 10 Jacobus Wouterus van Dieren, Dutch biologist (Terschelling), born in Amsterdam (d. 1935)
  • Jul 10 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistance fighter, born in Velbert (d. 1969)
  • Jul 10 Kurt Alder, German chemist (Nobel 1950), born in Königshütte, Upper Silesia (d.1958)
  • Jul 11 Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education (1946/54-58)
  • Jul 11 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Dutch/US phycist
  • Jul 12 Günther Anders, German Jewish philosopher, born in Breslau, German Empire (d. 1992)
  • Jul 14 Truman J. Hedding, US vice-admiral (WWII) (d. 1995)
  • Jul 14 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor and director (White Heat, Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • Jul 15 Jean Rey, Belgian President of European Commission (1967-70)
  • Jul 15 Raymond Hackett, American husband of Blanche Sweet and actor (Faithless Lover), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • Jul 16 Mary Philbin, American silent film actress (Phantom of the Opera), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Jul 16 Alexander Luria, Russian neuropsychologist (Higher Cortical Functions in Man), born in Kazan, Russian Empire (d. 1977)
  • Jul 17 Christina Stead, Australia, novelist (Man Who Loved Children)
  • Jul 17 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 1985)
  • Jul 18 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Utrecht (d. 1984)
  • Jul 18 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville, Texas (d. 1978)
  • Jul 19 Gerard Rutten, Dutch film director (Miraculous Life of Willem Parel), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Jul 20 Dilys Powell, English writer (Descent from Parnassus)
  • Jul 20 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Teddy Bears' Picnic"; "My Prayer"), born in Omagh, Ireland (d. 1984)
  • Jul 22 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1960)
  • Jul 23 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1990)
  • Jul 24 Hans Chemin-Petit, German composer, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Jul 24 Nora Swinburne [Leonora Mary Johnson], British actress (Quo Vardis, Dinner at Ritz, River), born in Bath, Somerset (d. 2000)
  • Jul 25 Eric Hoffer, American longshoreman and author (The True Believer), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Jul 26 Gus Aiken, American jazz and blues trumpeter (Jenkins Orphanage Band), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1973)

Karl Popper

Jul 28 Karl Popper, Austro-British philosopher (Logic of Forschung), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)

  • Jul 28 Kenneth F. Fearing, American poet (Dead Reckoning), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • Jul 28 Vibart Wight, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; v/c WI first touring team v England 1928), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1969)
  • Jul 31 Sir G O "Gubby" Allen, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; refused to bowl 'Bodyline' tactics 1932), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1989)

Famous Weddings

John Jellicoe

Jul 1 British admiral John Jellicoe (42) weds Gwendoline Cayzer at Holy Trinity in London

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 4 Swami Vivekananda, Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world, dies while meditating at 39
  • Jul 6 Leopoldo Miguez, Brazilian composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 10 Albert, King of Saxony (1873-1902), dies at 74
  • Jul 12 Pieter Caland, Dutch hydraulic engineer (New Waterway), dies at 74
  • Jul 14 Mark Antokolski, Russian French sculptor, dies at 58
  • Jul 18 John White, American composer, dies at 47
  • Jul 22 Mieczysław Halka-Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal, dies at 79