What Happened in July 1907

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The Orange River Colony, known as the Orange Free State, is granted self-government by the British
  • Jul 2 US National Women's Tennis Championship: Evelyn Sears beats fellow American Carrie Neely 6-3, 6-2 for her only major singles title
  • Jul 3 Pope decree forbids modernization of theology

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 4 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American May Sutton avenges previous year's defeat, beating Dorothea Chambers 6-1, 6-4
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes becomes the first non-Englishman and left-hander to win Wimbledon beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
  • Jul 6 Tom Reece takes 5 weeks to compile the highest recorded billiards break in a match (499,135) in London, his 'cradle' cannon method was soon banned
  • Jul 8 Florenz Ziegfeld staged 1st `Follies' on NY Theater roof
  • Jul 18 Florenz Ziegfeld's "Follies of 1907" premieres in NYC
  • Jul 18 French troops occupy Casablanca
  • Jul 19 Under pressure from the Japanese, the Emperor of Korea abdicates in favor of his son, a figurehead
  • Jul 20 A train wreck on the Pere Marquette Railroad near Salem, Michigan kills thirty and injures seventy more
  • Jul 23 7th Davis Cup: Australasia beats British Isles in Wimbledon (3-2)
  • Jul 25 Korea becomes a protectorate of Japan
  • Jul 29 1st helicopter ascent in Douai, France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England

Founder of Scouts Robert Baden-Powell
Founder of Scouts
Robert Baden-Powell
  • Jul 30 Russia and Japan sign an agreement guaranteeing freedom of China while recognizing each other's special interests
  • Jul 30 The Filipinos elect their first legislature; it will meet on 16 October
  • Jul 30 Starting today, the French bombard Casablanca and land troops to occupy the Atlantic-coast region of Morocco after attacks on foreigners

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (first televised college football game), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1971)
  • Jul 2 Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist/painter
  • Jul 2 Leo O'Brien, cricketer (Australian batsman in 5 Tests 1932-36)
  • Jul 3 Arthur Steel, Dutch architect (Group '32)
  • Jul 3 Gene Gutche, German-born composer, born in Berlin (d. 2000)
  • Jul 4 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1974)
  • Jul 4 Gordon Griffith, American actor (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • Jul 4 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic, born in Manhattan (d. 1996)

Person of interestFrida Kahlo

Jul 6 Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter who explored questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender and race in Mexican society, born in Coyoacán, Mexico City (d. 1954)

Painter Frida Kahlo
Painter
Frida Kahlo
  • Jul 7 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • Jul 7 Robert A[nson] Heinlein, American sci-fi author (4 Hugos, Red Planet)
  • Jul 8 George W Romney, (Gov-R-Mich)/US Secretary of HUD (1969-73)
  • Jul 8 Kishio Hirao, composer
  • Jul 14 Annabella [Suzanne G Charpentier], French actress (Dinner at Ritz), born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • Jul 15 Paterson Fraser, British air marshal
  • Jul 16 Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (Dynasty II, Big Valley, Thorn Birds), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

Person of interestOrville Redenbacher

Jul 16 Orville Redenbacher, American popcorn magnate (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn), born in Brazil, Indiana (d. 1995)

Businessman Orville Redenbacher
Businessman
Orville Redenbacher
  • Jul 16 Frances Horwich, American educator and television personality (Ding Dong School), born in Ottawa, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • Jul 18 Yvonne Desportes, French composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1993)
  • Jul 19 Günter Bialas, German composer, born in Bielschowitz, Prussian Silesia (d. 1995)
  • Jul 19 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), born in Shoshoni, Wyoming (d. 1972)
  • Jul 21 Ross Alexander, American actor (Boulder Dam, Captain Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)
  • Jul 22 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (d. 1987)
  • Jul 23 Elspeth Huxley, English author (The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard), born in London (d. 1997)
  • Jul 24 Hughie Charles, English songwriter and impressario, born in Manchester, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 25 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • Jul 26 Gioconda de Vito, Italian-British violinist, born in Martina Franca, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Jul 26 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • Jul 27 Denis Rickett, British civil servant and private secretary to Clement Attlee, born in Hawthorns, Overton Road, Sutton, Surrey (d. 1997)
  • Jul 27 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), born in Berlin, New Hampshire (d. 1983)
  • Jul 29 Melvin Belli, American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and "Melvin Bellicose", born in Sonora, California (d. 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 5 Maria Anna Mahler, Gustav Mahler's eldest daughter, dies at 5
  • Jul 6 August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein, German Linguist, Theologian (b. 1826)
  • Jul 7 James McGranahan, American composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 14 William Henry Perkin, English chemist and inventor (b. 1838)
  • Jul 15 Qiu Jin, Chinese revolutionary, feminist, and writer considered a national heroine in China, executed after a failed uprising at 32
  • Jul 19 Hector H Malot, French lawyer/author (Alone in the World), dies at 77
  • Jul 28 James Henry Lane, US Brigadier General during Civil War (Confederate) and professor, dies at 74