On This Day

What Happened in June 1853

Historical Events

  • Jun 21 Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes in Worcester, Massachusetts [1]

Historic Event

Jun 24 US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 3 Flinders Petrie, English Egyptologist (Merneptah Stele, measured the pyramids), born in London, England (d. 1942)
  • Jun 16 Emil Sjogren, Swedish composer and organist, born in Stockholm (d. 1918)
  • Jun 28 Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (Song of Our Saviour), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1911)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 12 Johannes Cornelis de Jonge, Dutch historian and archivist, dies at 60
  • Jun 18 Branko Radicevic, Serbian poet (1st Serbian Uprising), dies