On This Day

What Happened in June 1783

Historical Events

  • Jun 4 Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier make 1st public hot-air balloon flight (unmanned), covering 2km and lasting 10 minutes with an estimated altitude of 1,600-2,000m
  • Jun 8 Laki volcano in southern Iceland begins 8-month eruption, killing 10,000 and causing widespread famines throughout Asia and Europe

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 8 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, born in Trachenberg, Silesia (d. 1837)
  • Jun 19 Thomas Sully, American portrait painter (Queen Victoria), born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1872)
  • Jun 29 August Alexander Klengel, German pianist and composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1852)