This Day in History: July

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
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Overview

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
July 19, 1799: Rosetta Stone Discovered

01: July 19, 1799: Rosetta Stone Discovered

The Rosetta Stone—a rock inscribed with parallel passages of ancient Greek writing, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Demotic script—has had quite a history. Follow this chapter of its transient story involving Napoleon and what the black basalt slab meant to him.

9 min
July 27, 1953: The Korean War Ends

02: July 27, 1953: The Korean War Ends

Examine how the Korean War Veterans Memorial came into being and how its different elements pay tribute to the troops and civilians who were involved in the conflict.

8 min
July 6, 1885:  Louis Pasteur Prevents Rabies

03: July 6, 1885: Louis Pasteur Prevents Rabies

After being mauled by a rabid dog on the way to school, a nine-year-old boy named Joseph Meister is brought to the lab of French scientist Louis Pasteur.

4 min
July 16, 1872: Roald Amundsen is Born

04: July 16, 1872: Roald Amundsen is Born

Amundsen lived a life of unparalleled adventure, leading the first successful expedition through the Northwest Passage and the first airship flight over the North Pole. But his greatest achievement was undoubtedly his race to the South Pole against British explorer Robert Falcon Scott.

10 min
July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind

05: July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind

This day in history, July 20, 1969 … at 4:17 pm eastern daylight time, the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle lands. That same night, American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human being to set foot on the moon, followed 19 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin.

9 min
July 18, 1817: Jane Austen Dies

06: July 18, 1817: Jane Austen Dies

It’s said that when Jane Austen died, her family wanted to keep her authorship a secret and out of the public eye. Join Professor Devoney Looser to uncover the full story of how Austen’s life and writing were portrayed after her death, also looking at what built her posthumous fame. The truth is far more complicated than what was speculated at the time.

4 min
July 30, 762: Baghdad Is Founded

07: July 30, 762: Baghdad Is Founded

Baghdad has been described as one of the least hospitable places in the world, but it’s founding on July 30, 762, served as a turning point in the history of the Middle East. Join Professor Eamonn Gearon to see how Baghdad, the political center of the Muslim world at the time, would have a role—and importance—unlike any other urban center on Earth.

12 min