What Happened in June 1772

Historical Events

  • Jun 6 Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles Chicago
  • Jun 9 1st Protestant church west of Penn (in Ohio) holds communion
  • Jun 9 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI
  • Jun 10 Burning of British revenue cutter Gaspée by Rhode Islanders
  • Jun 12 Marion du Fresne is killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori
  • Jun 22 Somerset v Stewart UK court case finds slavery unsupported by English common law, encourages abolitionist movement

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 Maria Teresa of the Two Sicilies, Holy Roman Empire Empress consort (d. 1807)
  • Jun 8 Robert Stevenson, civil engineer, born in Glasgow, Scotland

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 12 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (b. 1724)
  • Jun 15 Louis-Claude Daquin, French organist/composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • Jun 18 Gerard of Swieten, botanist/painter of Maria Theresia, dies at 72
  • Jun 18 Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German judge and philosopher (b. 1706)