What Happened in June 1879

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

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