What Happened in June 1879

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed serving with British forces in the Anglo-Zulu War. He is buried in Farnborough, Hampshire.
  • Jun 5 13th Belmont: George Evans riding Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75
  • Jun 16 Gilbert & Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" debuts at Bowery Theater NYC
  • Jun 18 W H Richardson, a black inventor, patents the children's carriage
  • Jun 21 Frank W. Woolworth opens his 1st successful "F. W. Woolworth Great Five Cent Store" on North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 26 Ismael Pasha resigns as khedive of Egypt
  • Jun 30 Ex-khedive Ismael Pasha leaves Cairo with train full stolen goods

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 2 Adolf Herckenrath, Flemish playwright/poet (Avondvlam)
  • Jun 3 Pieter J A Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer
  • Jun 3 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (d. 1940)
  • Jun 4 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator (d. 1964)
  • Jun 5 Adolf Wiklund, composer
  • Jun 5 Robert Mayer, German-born philanthropist (d. 1985)
  • Jun 5 René Pottier, French cyclist (d. 1907)
  • Jun 6 L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect
  • Jun 7 Knud J V Rasmussen, Danish pole explorer (Thule)
  • Jun 7 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (d. 1963)
  • Jun 9 Dudley Digges, Irish actor, born in Dublin (d. 1947)
  • Jun 9 Oscar Back, Austrian-Dutch viola player
  • Jun 10 Benjamin Lambord, composer
  • Jun 11 Roger Bresnahan, baseball player (d. 1944)
  • Jun 13 George Gunn, cricketer (elegant English batsman 1907-30)
  • Jun 13 Johannes G Geelkerken, Dutch reformed vicar
  • Jun 16 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Novel Law)
  • Jun 16 Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees the boy)
  • Jun 21 Umberto Brunelleschi, Italian cartoonist/illustrator (Candide)
  • Jun 22 Thibaudeau Rinfret, jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1962)
  • Jun 23 William Ewart Berry, 1st viscount Camrose/English nobleman
  • Jun 24 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • Jun 28 Sigurd von Koch, composer
  • Jun 30 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 E Louis JJ Napoleon Bonaparte, crown prince, dies in battle at 23
  • Jun 11 Willem, (crown)prince of Orange, dies of bronchitis or murder at 39