On This Day

What Happened in June 1789

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths)
  • Jun 3 Explorer Alexander Mackenzie sets out on his first expedition to the Pacific from Fort Chipewyan (finds the Arctic Ocean instead)

USABill of Rights

Jun 8 James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the US House of Representatives

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The bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
The bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
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  • Jun 9 Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver Island
  • Jun 13 Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert to Washington

BoatMutiny on the Bounty

Jun 14 Captain William Bligh and his loyal men cast off from HMS Bounty reach Timor, after sailing 5,800 km in a 6-metre launch

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Lieutenant William Bligh is set adrift by the mutineers aboard the HMS Bounty on April 28, 1789
Lieutenant William Bligh is set adrift by the mutineers aboard the HMS Bounty on April 28, 1789
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  • Jun 17 French Revolution: During the meeting of the Estates-General, the Third Estate proclaims itself the 'National Assembly'

FranceTennis Court Oath

Jun 20 French Revolution: The Third Estate of the French Estates-General swears the Tennis Court Oath at the Palace of Versailles, swearing not to disband until a new constitution is formed

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Painting by Jacques-Louis David of the Tennis Court Oath
Painting by Jacques-Louis David of the Tennis Court Oath
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 French King Louis XVI rejects the demands of the Third Estate, calling itself the National Assembly, during the opening stages of the French Revolution

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • Jun 27 French Revolution: King Louis XVI orders the nobility and clergy of the Estates-General to meet with the Third Estate, by then called the National Assembly

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 15 Josiah Henson, American slave and settlement founder (d. 1883)
  • Jun 27 Philipp Friedrich Silcher, German composer, born in Weinstadt, Germany (d. 1860)
  • Jun 30 Horace Vernet, French painter of battles and Orientalist subjects, born in Paris (d. 1863)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 7 Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 81
  • Jun 12 Jean E Liotard [Turk], Swiss painter (Maria-Theresia), dies
  • Jun 14 Johann Wilhelm Hertel, German composer, dies at 61