On This Day

What Happened in June 1791

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 20 King Louis XVI and the French royal family are caught during an attempt to flee Paris during the French Revolution, severely undermining their credibility

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • Jun 21 Fleeing French King Louis XVI and family captured at Varennes-en-Argonne

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 9 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", born in NYC, New York (d. 1852)
  • Jun 21 Robert Napier, Scottish marine engineer, born in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland (d. 1876)
  • Jun 30 Félix Savart, French surgeon and physicist (law of Biot & Savart), born in Mézières, France (d. 1841)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 5 Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (b. 1718)
  • Jun 10 Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte, French admiral, dies at 70