Jersey in History

Historical Events

  • 1776-07-02 New Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds
  • 1781-01-06 Battle of Jersey: Major Francis Peirson and his men defeat invading French troops
  • 1896-06-13 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins first of 6 Open titles by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with defending champion J.H. Taylor
  • 1898-06-09 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins 2nd title by 1 stroke from dual champion Willie Park Jr
  • 1899-06-08 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey retains Open; wins 3rd title by 5 strokes from Jack White
  • 1900-10-05 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins his only US title; beats Englishman J.H. Taylor by 2 strokes
  • 1901-06-06 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid wins first of 5 Open titles by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon of Jersey
  • 1911-05-16 Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands
  • 1914-06-19 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins a record 6th Open Championship, 3 strokes ahead of defending champion J.H. Taylor
  • 1916-07-01 1st of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occur at Beach Haven when Charles Vansant (25) bled to death, challenging previous scientific belief that sharks never hurt humans, and sparking popular fear over sharks which persists today
  • 1916-07-06 2nd of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occur at Spring Lake when Charles Bruder (27) bled to death, 5 days after the 1st
  • 1916-07-12 3rd and 4th of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occurs at Matawan Creek when epileptic Lester Stilwell (11) is dragged into a creek and Watson Fisher (24), believing Silwell had a seizure, is bitten while retreiving the body and subsequently bleeds to death

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1920-08-13 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness GC: Isle of Jersey native Ted Ray pars the 18th, giving him a 1-stroke win over runners-up Harry Vardon, Jock Hutchison, Leo Diegel & Jack Burke Sr

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1969-10-01 Guernsey & Jersey begin issuing their own postage stamps

Famous Birthdays

  • 1825-05-04 Augustus Le Plongeon, French-American photographer and antiquitarian, born in Island of Jersey, France (d. 1908)
  • 1870-05-09 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6-time British Open champion, US Open 1900), born in Grouville, Jersey (d. 1937)
  • 1877-04-06 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), born in Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1904-04-11 Arthur Ernest Mourant, British hematologist, born in La Hougue Bie, Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1919-05-06 Frank Ereaut, Bailiff of Jersey (1975-85), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1926-02-01 Peter Crill, Bailiff of Jersey

Person of interestHenry Cavill

1983-05-05 Henry Cavill, English actor (Superman), born in Jersey, Channel Islands


Famous Deaths

  • 1711-08-25 Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey, English politician
  • 1937-03-20 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6 time British Open champion, US Open 1900), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 1998-09-11 Frank Ereaut, Bailiff of Jersey (1975-85), dies at 79