On This Day

What Happened in June 1815

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 1 Napoleon Bonaparte swears fidelity to the Constitution of France

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jun 8 39 German states unite under Act of Confederation
  • Jun 9 End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set
  • Jun 16 Battle at Ligny: French army under Napoleon beats Prussia
  • Jun 16 Battle at Quatre-Bras: allies strike French
  • Jun 17 Stephen Decatur conquers Algerian frigate Mashouda

Battle of InterestBattle of Waterloo

Jun 18 Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher
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'Wellington at Waterloo', by Robert Alexander Hillingford, depicting Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, during the final confrontation against Napoleon
'Wellington at Waterloo', by Robert Alexander Hillingford, depicting Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, during the final confrontation against Napoleon
  • Jun 22 2nd abdication of Napoleon (after Waterloo)
  • Jun 30 US naval hero Stephen Decatur ends attacks by Algerian pirates

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Otto of Greece, King of Greece (1832-62), born in Salzburg, Bavaria (d. 1862)
  • Jun 2 Philip Kearny, American Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1862)
  • Jun 3 Martin Edward Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Jun 4 Paul Jones Semmes, American businessman and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilkes County, Georgia (d. 1863)
  • Jun 6 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portuguese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1860)
  • Jun 11 Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer born in Calcutta, India (d. 1879)
  • Jun 19 John William Glover, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1899)
  • Jun 19 Cornelius Krieghoff, Dutch-Canadian painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1872)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Louis Alexandre Berthier, French marshal (b. 1853)
  • Jun 16 Frederik Willem, Duke of Brunswick (1813-15), dies in battle at 43
  • Jun 17 Hammida, Algerian admiral, dies in battle
  • Jun 18 Thomas Picton, British general (killed in battle) (b. 1758)
  • Jun 18 Guillaume Philibert Duhesme, French general (b. 1766)