On This Day

What Happened in July 1903

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris
  • Jul 2 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed intoxicated from a train by force; found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later
  • Jul 2 Pitcher Jack Doscher, debuts for the Chicago Cubs, the first son of a major leaguer to play MLB, father Herm 1882-92

Historic Communication

Jul 4 Pacific Cable (San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines) opens, President Theodore Roosevelt sends a message

  • Jul 6 George Wyman arrives in NYC by motorcycle 51 days out of San Francisco
  • Jul 17 The Russian Social Democratic Workers Party meets, first in Brussels and then London because their leaders have been forced into exile by the Russian Government
  • Jul 19 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event
  • Jul 25 Castle on top of Telegraph Hil, San Francisco closes
  • Jul 26 Horatio Nelson Jackson, Sewall K. Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud complete 1st automobile trip across the United States; San Francisco to New York in a 2-cylinder Winton (63 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes)

Famous Birthdays

Amy Johnson

Jul 1 Amy Johnson, British pilot, first female pilot to fly alone Britain to Australia, born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1941)

  • Jul 1 Beatrix Lehmann, British actress (Candles at Nine, Staircase), born in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1979)
  • Jul 2 Olav V, King of Norway (1957-91), born in Appleton House, Sandringham, Norfolk (d. 1991)
  • Jul 4 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), born in Tielen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Jul 4 Rudolf Breslauer, German Jewish photographer (documented Westerbork transit camp), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Jul 5 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • Jul 6 (Axel) Hugo Theorell, Swedish biochemist (Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology, 1955, for discovery of oxidoreductase enzymes), born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • Jul 10 John Wyndham, American sci-fi author (Day of the Triffids), born in Dorridge, Warwickshire, England (d. 1969)
  • Jul 10 Werner Best, German Nazi leader, jurist and convicted war criminal, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1989)
  • Jul 11 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (d. 1976)
  • Jul 13 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • Jul 14 Irving Stone, American author (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life)
  • Jul 14 Ken Murray, American comedian (Ken Murray Show, Judy Garland Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 15 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian politician (d. 1975)
  • Jul 16 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian saxophonist, singer, and songwriter (Royal Canadians - "Coquette"; "Seems Like Old Times"), born in London, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • Jul 17 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, born in Starozhilovka (d. 1971)
  • Jul 18 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1964)
  • Jul 20 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician
  • Jul 21 Theodore Karyotakis, Greek composer, born in Argos, Greece (d. 1978)
  • Jul 21 Roy Neuberger, American financier and art patron (Neuberger Museum of Art), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • Jul 24 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)
  • Jul 25 André Fleury, French organist and composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1995)
  • Jul 26 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Jul 27 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, born in Rushworth, Australia (d. 1977)
  • Jul 27 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1966)
  • Jul 27 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician and 1st President of Greece, born in Kalamata, Kingdom of Greece (d. 2002)
  • Jul 28 Colin Gregory, English tennis player (Australian C'ship 1929, chairman All-England Club, Wimbledon), born in Beverley, England (d. 1959)
  • Jul 28 Lotte Palfi Andor, German-American actress (Lovesick, All That Jazz), born in Bochum, Germany (d. 1991)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL batting champion 1899; NL home run leader 1893, 96; 3 × NL RBI leader; Philadelphia Phillies), dies intoxicated falling into Niagara Falls at 35
  • Jul 7 José Augusto Ferreira Veiga, Viscount of Arneiro, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 9 Alphonse François Renard, Belgian geologist, dies at 60
  • Jul 13 August Reissmann, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 17 James McNeill Whistler, American-British painter (Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 aka "Whistler's Mother"), dies at 69

Leo XIII

Jul 20 Leo XIII [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th Pope (1878-1903), dies at 93

  • Jul 22 Cassius Marcellus Clay, American emancipationist (b. 1810)
  • Jul 25 Willie Park Sr., Scottish golfer (British Open 1860, 63, 66, 75), dies at 70
  • Jul 30 Servas Daems [Peeter Klein], Flem writer (Wheelbarrows), dies at 65