On This Day

What Happened in June 1761

Historical Events

  • Jun 8 British fleet occupies Belle Île off the Brittany Coast
  • Jun 10 Puritan version of "Othello" opens in Newport Rhode Island

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 3 Henry Shrapnel, English Army officer and inventor (created the shrapnel shell), born in Wiltshire, England (d. 1842)
  • Jun 7 John Rennie, Scottish engineer, born in East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland (d. 1821)
  • Jun 13 Antonín Vranický, Czech violinist and composer, born in Nová Říše, Czech Republic (d. 1820)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1685)
  • Jun 12 Meinrad Spiess, German composer, dies at 77