On This Day

What Happened in June 1839

Historical Events

  • Jun 7 Hawaiian Declaration of Rights is signed
  • Jun 14 First Henley Regatta held (it became the Henley Royal Regatta in 1851)
  • Jun 17 King of Hawaii Kamehameha III issues Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 3 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Der Herr im Hause)
  • Jun 10 Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, Danish politician (Council President of Denmark), born in Hochberg (now Remseck am Neckar), W├╝rttemberg (d. 1912)
  • Jun 17 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities, born in Cranbrook, Kent (d. 1931)
  • Jun 18 William Henry Seward Jr, American banker and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Auburn, New York (d. 1920)
  • Jun 21 Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (Epitaph of a small winner), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1908)
  • Jun 21 John Decatur Barry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1867)
  • Jun 24 Gustavus Franklin Swift, American founder of the meatpacking firm Swift & Company, born in West Sandwich, Massachusetts (d. 1903)

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 18 Dutch prince Willem Alexander (later William III) weds cousin Princess Sophia

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Wijnand Nuijen, Dutch romantic painter and lithographer (Wrecked), dies at 26
  • Jun 9 Gerrit J. Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800), dies at 89
  • Jun 10 Nathaniel Pryor, American soldier and sergeant of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies
  • Jun 13 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, French musician and composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 15 Hans Skramstad, Norwegian pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • Jun 17 Lord William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, British soldier and statesman (Governor-General of India, 1828-1835), dies at 64
  • Jun 23 Hester Stanhope, English aristocrat, traveller and archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Jun 27 Ranjit Singh, gov of Lahore, dies
  • Jun 30 Johan Olof Wallin, Swedish poet and archbishop (Dead Angel), dies at 59