What Happened in July 1904

Historical Events


USA1st US Olympic Games

Jul 1 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St Louis, the 1st held in the U.S.
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  • Jul 1 Willie Anderson becomes the first 2-time Western Open golf champion, beating fellow Scot Alex Smith by 4 strokes at Michigan's Kent CC
  • Jul 5 NY Giants 18-game winning streak ends as Phillies win 6-5 in 10 innings at Huntington Park
  • Jul 5 British Isles beats Belgium 5-0 at Wimbledon to win the International Lawn Tennis Challenge (later Davis Cup)
  • Jul 6 Two Russian cruisers move into the Red Sea and begin to stop ships of Britain, Germany, and other nations they believe friendly to Japan

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 6 The US Democratic Party nominates little known New York judge Alton B. Parker for presidential nominee - virtually assuring the election of Theodore Roosevelt

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jul 9 10th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 303 at Glen View Club IL
  • Jul 15 1st Buddhist temple in US forms, Los Angeles
  • Jul 16 Islands of Manu'a group (Samoa) ceded to US by their chiefs
  • Jul 19 Dutch Premier Kuypers disbands 1st Chamber
  • Jul 21 After 13 years, the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway is completed
  • Jul 21 Camille Jenatzy sets world auto speed record at 65.79 MPH
  • Jul 23 Ice cream cone created during St Louis World Fair - the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches
  • Jul 24 2nd Tour de France won by Henri Cornet of France
  • Jul 28 Rafael Reyes becomes dictator of Colombia after losing Panama
  • Jul 28 Interior Minister of Russia, Vyacheslav Plehve is assassinated; as leader of the most reactionary elements of government, he was hated for his repressive policies

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Mary Calderone, physician/founder (planned parenthood)
  • Jul 2 Carl Weinrich, composer
  • Jul 2 Gerarda "Meik" Rueter, Dutch (sculptress, if that word exists)
  • Jul 2 René Lacoste, French tennis player (7 Grand Slam titles, Lacoste clothing), born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • Jul 4 Angela Baddeley, English actress (Ghost Train, Tom Jones), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Jul 4 Artur Malawski, Polish composer, born in Przemyśl, Poland (d. 1957)
  • Jul 4 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American yiddish writer (Yentl, Nobel Prize for Literature 1978), born in Leoncin, Russian Empire (d. 1991)
  • Jul 5 Don Goddard, American news anchor (ABC Evening News 1958-59), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jul 5 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, born in Kerteminde, Funen, Denmark (d. 1955)
  • Jul 5 Harold Acton, English-Italian historian and art collector, born in Villa La Pietra, Florence, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Jul 5 Milburn Stone, American actor (Gunsmoke, Pickup on South Street), born in Burrton, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • Jul 5 Ernst Mayr, German-American biologist (evolutionary theory), born in Kempten, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2005)
  • Jul 5 Josephine Wilson, British actress (The Lady Vanishes, We Dive at Dawn), born in Bromley, England (d. 1990)
  • Jul 6 Robert Whitney, Newcastle-on-Tyne England, conductor (Sospiro do Roma)
  • Jul 6 Erik Wickberg, Salvation Army general (d. 1996)
  • Jul 7 Simone Beck, French chef (d. 1991)
  • Jul 8 Bill Challis, arranger/pianist
  • Jul 8 Henri Cartan, French mathematician, born in Nancy (d. 2008)
  • Jul 10 Iša Krejčí, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1968)

Person of interestPablo Neruda

Jul 12 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth-Nobel 1971), born in Parral, Chile (d. 1973)

  • Jul 15 Dorothy Fields, American lyricist (I'm in the Mood for Love), born in Allenhurst, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • Jul 15 Rudolf Arnheim, German-born author (d. 2007)
  • Jul 16 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), born in Zagarolo, Italy (d. 2003)
  • Jul 16 Leo Joseph Suenens, Belgian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1996)
  • Jul 17 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor
  • Jul 23 Adone Zecchi, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1995)
  • Jul 24 James R. Killian Jr., 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948-59), born in Blacksburg, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • Jul 24 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), born in Lyon, France (d. 1991)
  • Jul 24 Nikolay Kuznetsov, Russian naval commander (Admiral of the Fleet during World War II), born in Medvedki, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • Jul 26 Jack Westrup, English composer, born in London (d. 1975)
  • Jul 27 Anton Dolin [Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey-kay], British dancer (Girl From Petrovka), born in Slinfold, Sussex, England (d. 1983)
  • Jul 27 Kenneth Bainbridge, American physicist (measurements of mass differences between nuclear isotopes), born in Cooperstown, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jul 28 [John] Selwyn [Brooke] Lloyd, British statsman
  • Jul 29 J. R. D. Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1993)
  • Jul 30 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • Jul 31 Arthur Daley, American sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • Jul 31 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 21 Sinclair Oil founder Harry Ford Sinclair (28) weds Elizabeth Farrell

Founder of Sinclair Oil Harry Ford Sinclair
Founder of Sinclair Oil
Harry Ford Sinclair

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Theodor Herzl, Austrian journalist and founder (Zionist movement), dies at 44
  • Jul 3 Edouard Beaupré, Canadian giant and strongman (b. 1881)
  • Jul 5 Abai Kunanbaiuli, Kazakh poet (b. 1845)
  • Jul 14 Paul Kruger, the face of Boer resistance against the British during the South African or Second Boer War (1899–1902), dies of heart failure at 78

Person of interestAnton Chekhov

Jul 15 Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (Uncle Vanya), dies at 44

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • Jul 22 Wilson Barrett, British manager, actor, and playwright (The Sign of the Cross), dies at 58
  • Jul 23 John Simon, British pathologist, public health officer, and 1st Chief Medical Officer (1855-76), dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Plehve, Russian foreign minister (bomb under carriage), dies