What Happened in June 1881

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Bell Phone opens 1st Dutch telephone exchange
  • Jun 2 Haarlem-Zandvoort Railway opens
  • Jun 7 15th Belmont: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47
  • Jun 12 The USS Jeannette, under the command of George Washington De Long, is crushed by Arctic ice after 21 months of ice-bound drifting
  • Jun 13 The USS Jeannette, under the command of George Washington De Long, sinks in the Arctic circle following 21 months of drifting after becoming trapped in the ice
  • Jun 14 Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Mass)
  • Jun 16 Austria-Hungary & Serbia sign military treaty
  • Jun 19 Muhammad Ahmad becomes Mahdi of Sudan
  • Jun 24 200 drown as train runs off bridge near Cuautla, Mexico
  • Jun 29 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Diuturnum illud
  • Jun 30 Henry Highland Garnet named minister to Liberia

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Charles Kay Ogden, English writer and linguist (d. 1957)
  • Jun 3 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (d. 1964)
  • Jun 4 Clara Blandick, actress (Huckleberry Finn, Romance, Tom Sawyer)
  • Jun 4 Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (d. 1962)
  • Jun 8 Prospero Bisquertt, composer
  • Jun 12 Juan de Hernandez, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 17 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Jun 18 Eduard C "Edo" Fimmen, Dutch labor leader
  • Jun 26 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, born in Slutsk, Belarus (d. 1960)
  • Jun 29 Harry Frazee, American baseball team owner (d. 1929)
  • Jun 29 Curt Sachs, German musicologist (d. 1959)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Émile Littré, French lexicographer (b. 1801)
  • Jun 3 Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian
  • Jun 6 Henry Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 13 Josef Skoda, Czech physician (b. 1805)
  • Jun 16 Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner (b. 1801)
  • Jun 16 Sir Josiah Mason, English manufacturer (b. 1795)
  • Jun 28 Jules Armand Dufaure, French statesman (b. 1798)