On This Day

July 1906 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 4 Great Britain, France, and Italy declare independence of Ethiopia (Abyssinia), but all lay claim to their own 'spheres of influence' in that land
  • Jul 11 The Gillette-Brown murder inspires Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 Alfred Dreyfus found innocent in France

Jewish Artillery Officer Alfred Dreyfus
Jewish Artillery Officer
Alfred Dreyfus
  • Jul 15 Republic museum opens Rembrandt hall in Amsterdam

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 17 Clement Armand Fallieres is elected President of France, but power lies with Georges Clémenceau

Prime Minister of France Georges Clémenceau
Prime Minister of France
Georges Clémenceau
  • Jul 23 Pogroms against Jews in Odessa, Russia

Birthdays in History

Person of interestEstée Lauder

Jul 1 Estée Lauder [Josephine Esther Mentzer], American entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), born in Corona, Queens, New York City (d. 2004)

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • Jul 2 Hans Bethe, German-American quantum physicist (Nobel 1967), born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 2005)
  • Jul 3 Francis Steegmuller, American biographer (Cocteau), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Jul 3 F. Gwendolen Rees, Welsh zoologist and parasitologist, born in Abercynon, Wales (d. 1994)
  • Jul 4 Vincent Joseph Schaefer, American chemist and meteorologist (cloud seeding), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jul 7 Harry Von Zell, sidekick (George Burns Show)
  • Jul 7 William Feller, Croatian mathematician (d. 1970)
  • Jul 8 Philip Johnson, Cortalyou architect, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 9 Beene Dubbelboer, Dutch writer (Secret Resistance), born in Tweede Exloërmond, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Jul 11 Herbert Wehner, German communist/anti-communist politician (SPD)
  • Jul 14 Tom Carvel, Greek born American ice cream mogul (Carvels), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1990)
  • Jul 15 Edmund Davies, British lord of appeal
  • Jul 18 Clifford Odets, American dramatist (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • Jul 18 S. I. Hayakawa, U.S. senator from California (1977–83) and educator (Language in Action), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1992)
  • Jul 19 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF Trucks), born in Griendtsveen, Limburg, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • Jul 23 Wolfgang Gentner, German nuclear physicist, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1980)
  • Jul 23 Chandra Sekhar Azad, Indian revolutionary (Hindustan Socialist Republican Army), born in Bhavra, Central India Agency, British India (d. 1931)
  • Jul 23 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), born in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary (d. 1998)
  • Jul 26 Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish agent of Intelligence, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Jul 27 Herbert Jasper, Canadian physiologist and neurologist, born in La Grande, Oregon (d. 1999)
  • Jul 27 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and political activist, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 2000)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Future dictator of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin (27) weds Ekaterina Svanidze (21) at St. David's Church in Tiflis (now Tbilisi, Georgia)

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Deaths in History

  • Jul 5 Paul Karl Ludwig Drude, German physicist (optics), committed suicide at 42
  • Jul 15 William Painter, American inventor (crown cork bottle cap and opener), dies at 67
  • Jul 19 Ferdinand Brunetière, French writer and critic, dies at 57