1789 – John Martin the English painter was born on the 19th day of July in 1789 (d. 1854).
1834 – Edgar Degas the French painter was born on the 19th day of July in 1834 (d. 1917).
1843 – Brunel’ssteamship the SS Great Britain was launched on the 19th day of July in 1843. SS Great Britain became the largest vessel afloat in the world, and the 1st ocean going craft with an iron hull and screw propeller.
1895 – Xu Beihong the Chinese painter was born on the 19th day of July in 1895 (d. 1953).
1900 – The Paris Métro opened for operation on the 19th day of July in 1900.
1941 – Vikki Carr the American singer was born on the 19th day of July in 1941.
1947 – Brian May the English guitarist from Queen was born on the 19th day of July in 1947.
1981 – Nikki Osborne the Australian actress, former model and television presenter was born on the 19th day of July in 1981. Nikki was best known as the former host of Quizmania, the late night interactive quiz series on the Nine Network, 2006 ~ 2007.
1817 – Jane Austen the English novelist died on the 18th day of July in 1817 (b. 1775)
1862 – The 1st ascent of Dent Blanche in the Alps, was made by T. S. Kennedy on the 18th day of July in 1862.
1903 ~Victor Gruenthe Austrian architect was born Viktor David Grünbaum on the 18th day of July in 1903 (died in 1980 aged 86). Victor Gruen was best known as a pioneer in the design of shopping malls in the United States. He is also known for his urban revitalisation proposals. Victor Gruen’s name and work inspired the title of a television program in Australia hosted by Wil Anderson, called The Gruen Transfer, which discusses the methods, science and psychology behind advertising. The very popular show on ABC1 was named after Victor Gruen who designed the very first shopping mall, from which the term “Gruen transfer” came from, which describes the moment when a consumer enters a shopping mall, surrounded by an intentionally confusing layout, and then loses track of their original intentions. Visit The Gruen Transfer now known as Gruen planet website.
1918 ~ NELSON MANDELA the South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate and President of South Africa 1994-1999, was born on the 18th July 1918 (died 5th December 2013 aged 95). Nelson Mandela was the 1st black South African to hold the office, and the 1st elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. The Presidency of Nelson Mandela focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Nelson Mandela International Day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009.
1925 – Shirley Strickland the Australian athlete was born on the 18th day of July 1925 (d. 2004) Shirley Strickland won more Olympic medals than any other Australian in running sports.
1971 – Sarah McLeod the New Zealand actress was born on the 18th day of July 1971.
1976 – Nadia Comăneci became the 1st person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics, on the 18th day of July, at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
2009 ~ Nelson Mandela International Day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 200. This day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, who was born on the 18th day of July 1918.
2012 ~ RiCK SPRiNGFiELD the Australian rock star from the 1980s, and actor from America’s longest-running American soap opera General Hospital, dropped into a Boronia restaurant, in the Outer Eastern suburb of Melbourne, for a bite to eat, then got up and spontaneously sang three songs on Sunday the 15th of July. See the Rick Springfield full story.
1862 ~ GUSTAV KLiMT the Austrian painter and graphic artist, was born on the 14th day of July in 1862 (died in 1918 aged 55). The 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Gustav Klimt, was celebrated on Saturday 14th July 2012, with Google providing a Google Doodle dedication on the search engine homepage. “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” by Gustav Klimt is the 4th most expensive painting ever sold in the world ($135 million), as of July 2012. See the current List of most expensive paintings
1865 ~ The 1st ascent of the MATTERHORN was made by English illustrator and climber EDWARD WHYMPER on the 14th day of July in 1865.
1944 ~ Margaret Pomeranz (AM) the Australian film critic, producer and television personality was born on the 14th July 1944.
1946 ~ JOHN WOOD the Gold Logie Award winning Australian actor, best known for his role as Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon in Blue Heelers was born on the 14th day of July in 1946.
1947 ~ JOHN BLACKMAN the Australian radio and television presenter, was born on the 14th day of July in 1947. John Blackman is best known for his rich, dulcet, velvety tones in his voice-over work, as mentioned on his website: www.Blackman.com.au, and also known for his wonderful work on Hey Hey It’s Saturday from 1971 to 2010, as announcer and character voice-over as popular characters; Dickie Knee, The Angel, Doctor Ben Dover, Charlie Who, Mrs Macgillicuddy and others.
1919 – The British airshipR34 landed in Norfolk, England on the 13th July 1919, completing the 1st airship return journey across the Atlantic in a 182 hour flight.
1923 – The Hollywood Sign was officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on the 13th July 1923. It originally read Hollywoodland but the 4 last letters were dropped after the sign was renovated in 1949.
1942 – Harrison Ford the American actor was born on the 13th July 1942.
1961 – Tim Watson the Australian footballer was born on the 13th July 1961.
1990 – An earthquake with its epicenter in Afghanistan on the 13th July 1990, resulting in the greatest number of fatalities in a mountaineering accident in High Asian mountains when an avalanche killed 43 climbers in Camp I on Pik Lenina (Lenin Peak).
2013 ~ CORY MONTEiTH the Canadian actor and singer died on the 13th May 2013 aged 31 (born 1982). Cory Monteith was best known for his role as Finn Hudson in the Glee television series from 2009 until he died in 2013.
1992 ~ TOTALLY WiLD, the Australian children’s television series first went to air on Network Ten on the 12th day of July in 1992. Totally Wild celebrated their 20th anniversary of production on the 12th July 2012.