July 1801 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 6 Battle at Algeciras: French fleet beats British

Historic Event

Jul 7 Toussaint Louverture declares Haitian independence

  • Jul 11 French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovers his 1st comet
  • Jul 12 Second Battle of Algeciras: British fleet beats French and Spanish (six days after losing the 1st Battle of Algeciras)

Voyage of Discovery

Jul 18 HMS Investigator sets off on a voyage to determine if New Holland (Australia) is one island or two, under command of Matthew Flinders, with botanist Robert Brown and artists Ferdinand Bauer and William Westall aboard

  • Jul 20 Elisha Brown Jr presses a 1,235 pound cheese ball at his farm

Birthdays in History

David Farragut

Jul 5 David Farragut, American admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), born in Campbell's Station, Tennessee (d. 1870)

  • Jul 14 Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist (d. 1858)
  • Jul 26 John Drake Sloat, 1st Military Governor of California (Union Navy), born in Sloatsburg, New York (d. 1867)
  • Jul 27 George Biddell Airy, English mathematician and 7th Astronomer Royal, born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 1892)
  • Jul 29 George Bradshaw, British publisher, born in Manchester, England (d. 1853)