On This Day

What Happened in June 1799

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Jun 5 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland set sail in the Pizarro from A Coruña and begin their 5 year Latin American expedition

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • Jun 22 Britain and Russia decide to invade Batavian Republic

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1837)
  • Jun 18 William Lassell, British astronomer who discovered satellites of Uranus & Neptune, born in Bolton, England (d. 1880)
  • Jun 23 John Milton Bernhisel, American physician (d. 1881)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPatrick Henry

Jun 6 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, dies at 63

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • Jun 7 Increase Sumner, American politician (5th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 52
  • Jun 18 Johann Andre, German composer, dies at 58