On This Day

July 1880 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 16 Dr. Emily Stowe becomes the first woman licenced to practise medicine in Canada.
  • Jul 19 San Francisco Public Library starts lending books
  • Jul 21 Compressed air accident kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, NY
  • Jul 24 1st commercial hydroelectric power plant in the world begins generating electricity in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Jul 27 Alexander P. Ashbourne patents a process for refining coconut oil
  • Jul 27 Battle of Maiwand, at which Dr Watson is wounded, breaks out

Birthdays in History


Person of interestOtto Frederick Rohwedder

Jul 7 Otto Frederick Rohwedder, American engineer (invented the bread-slicing machine), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1960)

  • Jul 20 Hermann earl Keyserling, German philosopher/writer
  • Jul 21 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (d. 1919)
  • Jul 26 Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian politician and statesman, born in Yelisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • Jul 30 Robert R. McCormick, American editor and publisher (Chicago Tribune), born in Chicago (d. 1955)
  • Jul 31 Munshi Premchand [Dhanpat Rai], Indian author, born in Lamhi, Benares State, British India (d. 1936)

Deaths in History

  • Jul 9 Paul Broca, French brain surgeon and anthropologist (located speech center), dies at 56
  • Jul 21 Hiram Walden, American politician, dies at 79