On This Day

What Happened in June 1772

Historical Events

  • Jun 6 Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles in Chicago
  • Jun 9 1st Protestant church west of Pennsylvania (in Ohio) holds communion
  • Jun 9 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Jun 10 Burning of British revenue cutter Gaspée by Rhode Islanders
  • Jun 12 Marion du Fresne is killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori
  • Jun 22 Somerset v Stewart court case finds slavery unsupported by English common law, encouraging the abolitionist movement

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Royal Palace, Naples (d. 1807)
  • Jun 8 Robert Stevenson, Scottish civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1850)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 12 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, in Tasmania and in New Zealand), killed by local Maori in New Zealand at 48 (b. 1724)
  • Jun 15 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • Jun 18 Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-Austrian physician (Austrian Empress Maria Theresa's personal physician), dies at 72
  • Jun 18 Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German judge and philosopher (b. 1706)