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Historical Events in July 1843

Historic CommunicationThe Day an Alligator Fell from the Sky

Jul 2 An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina
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Newspaper cutting fom the Times-Picayune on the day an alligator fell from the sky
Newspaper cutting fom the Times-Picayune on the day an alligator fell from the sky
  • Jul 5 Committee of 9 appointed to establish civil government in Oregon Country

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy

Religious Leader Joseph Smith
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith

BoatSS Great Britain

Jul 19 The steamship SS Great Britain is launched, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and the largest vessel afloat in the world
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A painting of the launch of SS Great Britain, by Joseph Walter
A painting of the launch of SS Great Britain, by Joseph Walter