On This Day

What Happened in June 1808

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 1st US land-grant university founded as Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Jun 15 Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJefferson Davis

Jun 3 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), born in Fairview, Kentucky (d. 1889)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Jun 10 Friedrich Kaiser, Dutch astronomer (Kaiser compass-card), born in Amsterdam (d. 1872)
  • Jun 11 Charles Henry Poor, U.S. Navy Officer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • Jun 17 Everhardus Johannes Potgieter, Dutch writer and publisher (The Guide), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1875)
  • Jun 17 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet (Creation, Humanity, and Messiah) and author, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1845)
  • Jun 20 Samson Raphael Hirsch, German Orthodox rabbi and intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism, born in Hamburg, French Empire (d. 1888)
  • Jun 24 Anna Caroline Oury, German pianist and composer, born in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1880)
  • Jun 28 Cristina Trivulzio di Belgioioso, Italian princess and politician, born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1871)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 11 Giovanni Battista Cirri, Italian cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 16 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer, dies at 60