July in 19th-Century History
July 5: Happy birthday, P.T. Barnum, showman extraordinaire!
July 5, 1841: Happy birthday, Mary Arthur McElroy!
July 6th, 1881: Teenager Kate Shelley climbs a desintegrating railroad bridge to save the lives of a whole train-full of passengers when the Des Moines River floods.
July 6th, 1865: Happy birthday, Kurre Wilhelm Ostrom!
July 8, 1853: Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Harbor. The resulting trade alliances between the U.S. and Japan were very important to the histories of both nations, and would ultimately lead to a mutual fascination between Japan and the West, echoes of which can still be seen today. Years ago, I was standing in the Tokyo-Edo museum with a Japanese friend looking at a display about Commodore Perry and my friend told me something I'll never forget: she said that to the common people of Japan in the nineteenth-century, news of Perry's arrival was like an announcement of extra-terrestrials coming down to Earth. https://history.state.gov/milestones/1830-1860/opening-to-japan
July 10: Happy birthday, Nikola Tesla! Born July 10, 1856.
July 10, 1890: Wyoming gains statehood
July 11, 1851: Happy birthday, Millie Christine, the "Carolina Twins"!
July 21st: Happy birthday, Frances Cleveland! :D Frances served from 1886—89 and 1893—97 as First Lady of the United States of America, and was our nation's youngest first lady ever! You can read about her in this article: http://barrybradford.com/frances-cleveland-first-superstar-first-lady/
"This anniversary animates and gladdens, and unites all American hearts. On other days of the year we may be party men, indulging in controversies more or less important to the public good; we may have likes and dislikes, and we may maintain our political differences often with warm, and sometimes with angry feelings. But to-day we are Americans all in all, nothing but Americans."
The Ride of Jennie M'Neal
"Celebrating The Fourth of July" —A passage in Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms: http://tinyurl.com/jb6oofx (this link goes to a 1909 edition, but the book was originally published in the 1870s. We have a hardcover copy from 1891.)
"A Girl's Fourth of July" from "How To Amuse Yourself and Others" by Lina Beard and Adelia B. Beard, 1887: http://tinyurl.com/h84bals
July 7: Tanabata (Japanese star festival)
July 14: Happy birthday to the modern Princess Victoria (Crown Princess of Sweden)! I can't wait until she assumes the throne —she's only three years older than I am and I just love knowing that there will be a Queen Victoria in this world during my lifetime.
PROVISIONS IN SEASON IN JULY
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