What Happened in June 1857

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Charles Baudelaire's Fleurs du mal is published.
  • Jun 2 James Gibbs of Virgina, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine
  • Jun 5 Walter Woodbury & James Page open photo studio in Batavia (Jakarta)
  • Jun 10 Britain passes an act putting Canada on the decimal currency system
  • Jun 15 San Francisco Water Works organized

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Jun 26 The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Jun 27 Bibighar massacre of 120 British women and children following the seige of Cawnpore

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Jun 27 James Donnelly becomes engaged in a drunken brawl with Patrick Farrell, who suffers a fatal blow to the head. Farrell dies two days later, which makes James Donnelly a wanted man and draws the Donnelly family into the notorious feud

Squatter James Donnelly
James Donnelly
  • Jun 29 Battle at Chinhat (Indies rebel under Barkat Ahmed beat British)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 2 Edward William Elgar, English composer (Pomp & Circumstance), born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire (d. 1934)
  • Jun 2 Karl Adolph Gjellerup, poet (Poutnici Svetem, Nobel 1917), born in Roholte, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • Jun 6 Aleksandr Lyapunov, Russian mathematician (d. 1918)
  • Jun 12 Achille Simonetti, composer
  • Jun 18 Henry Clay Folger Jr, US, businessman/Shakespeare fan

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 6 Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway.

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 8 Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)
  • Jun 19 Alexander Twilight, American politician and minister, first African American to graduate and hold political office, dies at 61
  • Jun 28 Joseph Fischhof, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 30 Alcide d'Orbigny, French naturalist (b. 1802)