On This Day

What Happened in June 1819

Historical Events

  • Jun 12 Dutch colonial troops driven out of Palembang, Sumatra
  • Jun 19 HMS Kite chases the steamship SS Savannah on its historic voyage across the Atlantic for 3 hours off the coast of Ireland believing it to be on fire. Unable to catch the steamship HMS Kite fires warning shots forcing it to stop and be inspected to the amazement of the British.

'Ship in Distress' Sails Into History Books

Jun 20 The SS Savannah reaches Cork in Ireland after a 29 day and 11 hour voyage from Savannah, Georgia to become the 1st steamship to cross the Atlantic or any other ocean

Historic Publication

Jun 23 First editions of "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." by Washington Irving released, featuring story "Rip Van Winkle"


Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 3 Johann Jongkind, Dutch-French painter and printer (Marine Scenes), born in Lattrop, Netherlands
  • Jun 3 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • Jun 5 John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discoverer of Neptune), born in Laneast, Launceston, Cornwall (d. 1892)
  • Jun 6 William Howard Glover, English composer, born in London, England (d. 1875)
  • Jun 10 Gustave Courbet, French realist painter (Demoiselles the la Seine), born in Ornans, Doubs, Kingdom of France (d. 1877)
  • Jun 12 Charles Kingsley [Parson Lot], English vicar and historian (Westward Ho!), born in Holne Vicarage, England (d. 1875)
  • Jun 14 Henry Gardner, 23rd Governor of Massachusetts (1855-58), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1892)
  • Jun 20 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffmann), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1880)
  • Jun 26 Abner Doubleday, American Union Army General-Major, and inventor (San Francisco cable cars), born in Ballston Spa, New York (d. 1893)
  • Jun 27 Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1905)
  • Jun 30 William A. Wheeler, American politician (19th Vice President of the United States), born in Malone, New York (d. 1887)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 26 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, German composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 26 Slome Duikelar [Abraham J Swalff], Yiddish writer, dies
  • Jun 30 Ernst Ludwig Gerber, German organist, composer and musicologist, dies at 72