On This Day

July 1855 in History

Events in History


Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 4 In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, "Leaves of Grass" is published

Poet and Nurse Walt Whitman
Poet and Nurse
Walt Whitman
  • Jul 20 1st train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in Netherlands
  • Jul 31 Hottest July in Stockholm since at least 1756 (21.4°C avg)

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 7 Ludwig Ganghofer, German writer (d. 1920)
  • Jul 26 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist and philosopher, born in Oldenswort, Germany (d. 1936)
  • Jul 30 James E. Kelly, American sculptor "Sculptor of American History", born in NYC, New York (d. 1933)

Deaths in History

  • Jul 7 Konstantin Batyushkov, Russian poet (b. 1787)
  • Jul 8 William Parry, English Arctic explorer (Parry Channel), dies at 64
  • Jul 9 FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, British Army officer (commander of the British forces during the Crimean War), dies of dysentery in Crimea at 66
  • Jul 21 Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish romantic poet (Blommorna (The Flowers), Lycksalighetens Ö (The Island of Bliss)) and historian (Svenska Siare och Skalder), dies at 65