On This Day

July 1879 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Ex-khedive Ismael Pasha sails from Alexandria to Naples
  • Jul 1 Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower
  • Jul 4 Africaner Union forms by Rev SJ du Toit at Cape colony
  • Jul 4 Battle at Ulundi: Lord Chelmsford beats Zulu King Cetshwayo
  • Jul 12 Agricultural and industrial tariffs are introduced in Germany
  • Jul 17 1st railroad opens in Hawaii
  • Jul 20 Swedish expedition headed by Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiƶld, aboard SS Vega, becomes the first to navigate the Northeast passage
  • Jul 31 The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 1 Leon Jouhaux, French socialist and co-founder UN's ILO (Nobel 1951), born in Paris (d. 1954)
  • Jul 3 Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American scientist and philosopher, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1950)
  • Jul 9 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician, revolutionary and murderer of premier Storgkh, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1960)
  • Jul 9 Carlos Chagas, Brazilian sanitary physician, born in Oliveira, Minas Gerais, Empire of Brazil (d. 1934)
  • Jul 10 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), born in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • Jul 12 Han Yong-woon, Korean Buddhist reformer and poet, born in Yucheon, Hongseong, South Korea (d. 1944)
  • Jul 27 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Il Libro Della Giovinezza), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1927)

Lucy Burns

Jul 28 Lucy Burns, American suffragist (National Woman's Party) and women's rights advocate, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1966)


Deaths in History

  • Jul 16 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
  • Jul 17 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)