What Happened in June 1896

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5

1stHistoric Invention

Jun 2 Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 3 David Beatty is seconded to the Egyptian government and appointed second in command of the river flotilla

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty

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Jun 4 Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Jun 6 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51
  • Jun 6 Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 year
  • Jun 8 First car thief; Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot is stolen by his mechanic in Paris
  • Jun 11 US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized
  • Jun 12 J.T. Hearne sets a cricket record for the earliest date of taking 100 first-class wickets in a season.
  • Jun 13 36th British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 316 at Muirfield
  • Jun 15 Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed
  • Jun 16 Temperature hits 127°F at Fort Mojave, California

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Jun 17 Polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Frederick Jackson meet by chance in Franz Josef Land, the Artic

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • Jun 20 10th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Juliette Atkinson (6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2)
  • Jun 30 W S Hadaway patents electric stove

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya (La marcia su Rome)
  • Jun 6 Robert Sheriff, playwright (Journey's End)
  • Jun 6 Henry Allingham, English first world war veteran
  • Jun 7 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Jun 7 Vivien Kellems, TV hostess (Power of Women)
  • Jun 7 Imre Nagy, Hungarian politician (d. 1958)
  • Jun 7 Douglas Campbell, American World War I flying ace (d. 1990)
  • Jun 8 Samuel Gonard, chairman (International Red Cross)
  • Jun 9 Aura Abranches, Lisbon Portugal, actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio)
  • Jun 9 Catherine Filene Shouse, philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute)
  • Jun 16 Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer (Peugeot)
  • Jun 16 William Fitzgerald Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants)
  • Jun 16 Murray Leinster, American author (d. 1976)
  • Jun 18 Blanche Sweet, actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 18 Cota Ramaswami, cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936)
  • Jun 18 Philip Barry, US, dramatist (Philadelphia Story)

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Jun 19 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Jun 19 Walter Lang, Swiss composer (d. 1966)
  • Jun 21 Charles B. Momsen, American inventor (d. 1967)
  • Jun 22 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)
  • Jun 27 Franciscus J Feron, vicaris-general of Roermond
  • Jun 29 Irene Browne, England, actress (All at Sea, Peg O' My Heart)
  • Jun 30 Wilfred Pelletier, conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (41) marries Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend (41) in Covent Garden, London.


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer (Abbsynia/Ethiopia), dies
  • Jun 7 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (b. 1829)
  • Jun 7 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, dies from tuberculosis at 47
  • Jun 10 Amelia Dyer, English murderer (b. 1829)
  • Jun 11 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 25 Emile AH Seipgens, Dutch priest/beer brewer/man of letters, dies at 58
  • Jun 26 Louis CPR of Orleans, French duke (chosen king of Belgian), dies at 81