On This Day

What Happened in June 1831

Historical Events

  • Jun 4 National Congress selects Leopold von Saksen-Coburg as King of Belgium
  • Jun 6 2nd US national black convention (Philadelphia)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 John Bell Hood, General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • Jun 2 Benjamin Hardin Helm, Brigadier General (Conf)/Lincoln's brother-in-law
  • Jun 2 Jan G Palm, Curacao, bandmaster/choir master/composer
  • Jun 3 Otho French Strahl, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Jun 5 Marcus Joseph Wright, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Purdy, Tennessee (d. 1922)
  • Jun 7 Amelia Edwards, English author (The Phantom Coach) and Egyptologist, born in London (d. 1892)
  • Jun 8 Thomas J. Higgins, Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of America's highest military decoration (Medal of Honor), born in Huntington, Quebec, Canada (d. 1917)
  • Jun 10 W. A. Remy [Wilhelm Mayer], Austro-Bohemian composer, born in Prague (d. 1898)

Person of interestJames Clerk Maxwell

Jun 13 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (electromagnetic theory, speed of light), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1879)

  • Jun 26 Julius Rodenberg [Levy], German writer (Kriegs-Songs of War & Peace), born in Rodenberg, Germany (d. 1914)
  • Jun 28 Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), born in Köpcsény, Moson County, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1907)
  • Jun 29 William Thomas Clark, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1905)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 30 Soldier and future Confederate General Robert E. Lee (24) marries Mary Custis (22) at Arlington House, Arlington Virginia

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 8 Sarah Kemble Siddons, English tragic actress (Fatal Marriage, Lady Macbeth), dies at 75
  • Jun 10 Hans Karl von Diebitsch, Russian field marshal (b. 1785)
  • Jun 15 Peter Fuchs, composer, dies at 78
  • Jun 16 Josef Schnabel, German composer, dies at 64