What Happened in June 1896

Historical Events

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

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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

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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, Calif
  • Jun 20 10th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Juliette Atkinson (6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2)
  • Jun 26 1st movie theater in the US opens - Vitascope Hall in New Orleans, charging 10 cents for admission
  • 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, Frans 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