On This Day

What Happened in June 1847

Historical Events

  • Jun 10 Chicago Tribune begins publishing

Historic Invention

Jun 14 Robert Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner

First Photo of Lightning?

Jun 18 American photographer Thomas Martin Easterly takes the earliest known photograph of lightning using the daguerreotype process in St. Louis, Missouri [1]

  • Jun 22 First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory
  • Jun 27 New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 Gerben Postma [Ids], Frisian writer (Swealtsjeblommen)
  • Jun 8 Ida McKinley, US First Lady (1897-1901) and wife of the 25th US President William McKinley, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1907)
  • Jun 11 Millicent Fawcett, English leader of women's rights, born in London (d. 1929)
  • Jun 24 Gaston Salvayre, French composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1916)
  • Jun 28 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), born in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland (d. 1927)
  • Jun 30 Jacob Theodoor Cremer, Dutch tobacco magnate and administrator for the Deli Company in Sumatra, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1923)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 7 Adolph Gopel, German mathematician, dies at 35
  • Jun 9 Pierre-Simon Ballanche, French philosopher and poet (Orphée), dies at 70
  • Jun 11 John Franklin, English rear admiral and explorer (Arctic), dies at 61