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
  • Jul 2 John McGraw becomes manager of MLB New York Giants, 30 year tenure (1902-32)

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 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
  • Jul 8 John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck Baltimore & Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury resigns

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Jul 12 Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Jul 14 The Campanile in St Mark's Square, Venice collapses, also demolishing the loggetta
  • Jul 15 Ranjitsinhji scores 180 before lunch, for Sussex v Surrey
  • Jul 16 John McGraw named manager of NY Giants
  • Jul 16 Test Cricket debut of K S Ranjitsinhji v Australia, at Old Trafford
  • 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 19 NY Giants lose their 1st game under new manager John McGraw
  • Jul 23 Dutch Excelsior soccer club is established in Rotterdam (Eerste Divisie winners 1973-4, 78-79, 2005-06)
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 25 James J. Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 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

  • 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 lefty pace bowler (1932-33, later knighted), born in Brightwater, Nelson (d. 1996)

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

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

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy

Person of interestMeyer Lansky

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

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky
  • 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 Richard Clarkson, aerodynamicist
  • Jul 14 Truman J Hedding, US vice-admiral (WWII)
  • 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 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 18 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Utrecht (d. 1984)
  • Jul 18 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Fronteir 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, composer
  • 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)

Person of interestKarl Popper

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

Philosopher and Professor Karl Popper
Philosopher and Professor
Karl Popper
  • Jul 28 Kenneth F. Fearing, American poet (Dead Reckoning), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 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


LoveWedding of Interest

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

British Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Rushworth Jellicoe

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 M Antokolski, Russian/French sculptor, dies at 58
  • Jul 18 John White, American composer, dies at 47
  • Jul 22 Mieczysław Halka Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal (b. 1822)