What Happened in June 1859

Historical Events

  • Jun 4 Second Italian War of Independence: Battle of Magenta, results in a French-Sardinian victory under Napoleon III over the Austrians under Marshal Ferencz Gyulai
  • Jun 6 Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).
  • Jun 11 Comstock silver load discovered near Virginia City, Nevada
  • Jun 12 Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered
  • Jun 15 Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between U.S. and British/Canadian settlers.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Jun 24 Battle of Solferino, Northern Italy: a French Army under Napoleon III and Sardinian Army under Victor Emmanuel II overcame the Austrian Army under Emperor Franz Joseph I.

King of Sardinia and Italy Victor Emmanuel II
King of Sardinia and Italy
Victor Emmanuel II
  • Jun 28 1st dog show held (Newcastle-on-Tyne, England)
  • Jun 30 Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 8 Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure (d. 1947)
  • Jun 10 Jacques F H Perk, Dutch poet (Iris, Wood Song)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 12 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • Jun 21 Henry O Tanner, artist
  • Jun 22 Frank Heino Damrosch, author/musician/teacher (found Inst of Music)
  • Jun 23 Florentinus M Wibaut, Amsterdams social alderman (building of houses)
  • Jun 27 Mildred J Hill, composer/musician (Happy Birthday To You)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 13 Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (37) weds Mary Cleveland

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted
Landscape Architect and Writer
Frederick Law Olmsted

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 7 David Cox, English artist (b. 1783)
  • Jun 18 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 27 Jean C Baud, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1834-36), dies at 69