On This Day

July 1909 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 12 16th Amendment was passed by congress (power to tax incomes)
  • Jul 14 Germany chancellor Bernhard von Bulow resigns
  • Jul 14 Theobold von Bethmann Hollweg nominated Germany Chancellor
  • Jul 16 Det & Wash play longest scoreless game in AL history-18 innings
  • Jul 25 France's Louis Bleriot, makes 1st airplane flight across English Channel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s

  • Jul 27 British ship SS Waratah is last seen en-route from Durban to Cape Town; 211 on board are missing and no trace of the ship ever found
  • Jul 30 French chemist Eugène Schueller founds L'Oréal with his new range of hair dyes

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 1 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan novelist (La vida breve), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1994)
  • Jul 1 Madge Evans, American TV panelist (Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Jul 2 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times), born in Ratzeburg, Germany (d. 1989)
  • Jul 3 Earl Butz, 18th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76), born in Albion, Indiana (d. 2008)
  • Jul 3 Lucy Kroll, American talent agent, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jul 3 Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1996)
  • Jul 4 Lynette Roberts, British poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Madeleine Barot, French activist and theologian, born in Châteauroux, France (d. 1995)
  • Jul 5 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), born in Staryya Hramyki, Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [NS 7/18]
  • Jul 8 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • Jul 10 Donald William Sinclair, co–proprietor of the Gleneagles Hotel and the inspiration for the character Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers (d. 1981)
  • Jul 11 Jacques Clemens, Dutch Catholic priest, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Jul 12 Seymour Berry, 2nd Viscount Camrose, British Conservative Lower house leader (1941-45), born in Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 12 Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer, born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Jul 13 Souphanouvong, President of Laos (1975-87), born in Louangphrabang, Laos (d. 1995)
  • Jul 16 Geoffrey Bryan Bentley, British Canon of Windsor and moral theologian (d. 1996)
  • Jul 17 Hardy Amies, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), born in Staryya Hramyki, Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [OS 7/5]
  • Jul 18 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) and Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), born in Kabul, Afghanistan (d. 1978)
  • Jul 20 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (d. 1969)
  • Jul 21 Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards, English Egyptologist, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 26 Peter Thorneycroft, British politician, born in Dunston, Staffordshire (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (Under the Volcano), born in New Brighton, England (d. 1957)
  • Jul 30 C. Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress), born in Barnard Castle, County Durham, England (d. 1993)

Deaths in History

  • Jul 8 Gaston AA marquis de Gallifet, Fren min of War (1899-1900), dies at 79
  • Jul 9 Kasimir Felix Badeni, Premier of Polish/Austria (1895-97), dies at 62
  • Jul 11 Simon Newcomb, celestial mechanics authority (Stars), dies at 74
  • Jul 22 D v Liliencron, writer, dies at 65
  • Jul 23 Ernest F Cambier, Belgian colonial pioneer (1st Congo railway), dies at 65